$1 Million Donation Helps Mines Veterans
RAPID CITY, SD (KEVN) – South Dakota Mines is listed as a military friendly school and in November they host events for veterans and get upgrades to the Rich and Trudy Wells Veteran Resource Center.
The center gives veteran students tools to help ensure their success. The Wells’ $1 million donation will help fund improvements to the center located in the lower part of the Surbeck Center.
“It will really help to give space to veterans. Right now it’s full, it’s well used. Sometimes there are no open seats for someone else to use, so it’s just going to be able to provide a lot more students who will benefit.
The resource center offers many benefits such as: veteran-to-veteran tutoring, a mentorship program, referral services, and VA health care assistance.
“Coming back to school after being away for so long, the group of veterans there really help and help me with daily activities, struggling with homework, and we’re all doing the same each other,” said South Dakota Mines student Wesley Quigley.
“Being able to come in and have a group that understands me and have a support network is one of the only reasons I’m here today as a senior,” said South Dakota Mines student Cody Marshall. .
As part of the Veterans Resource Center, the Veterans Club held its annual chili contest on Tuesday. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to South Dakota Service Dogs. This charity helps veterans be matched with trained service animals.
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