Arizona State University President Michael Crow will receive the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society’s highest award for his support of veterans through his leadership, actions and advocacy.
The Copper Sword award will be presented on Feb. 13 during the 2013 Copper Sword and Copper Shield Award Gala at Tempe Mission Palms Hotel. This year’s Copper Shield award will be presented to ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Clinical Associate Professor and Arizona State Rep. Heather Carter, R-Cave Creek and North Phoenix, who has acted to help the state’s veterans, military service members, their families and survivors.
ASU serves veterans through venues such as the Pat Tillman Veterans Center that opened in 2011 to provide a single point of contact for ASU veterans and their dependents, bringing together academic and student support services to promote a smooth transition from the military and provide assistance for veterans benefits, deployments, information and referrals. It also serves as a place where veterans can gather to study and socialize.
In addition, ASU was named a military friendly school for 2013 by GI jobs magazine, the fourth consecutive year the university has earned the honor. ASU was named one of the top 30 best for vets: colleges 2010 by Military Times Edge magazine and the university was chosen as one of the first eight institutions to be part of the veterans affairs pilot program, VetSuccess on Campus. Two veterans affairs staff, a vocational rehabilitation counselor and a vet center outreach coordinator are assigned and located on ASUs campus to assist veterans with services such as vocational testing, career counseling and readjustment counseling to promote successful completion of educational and employment goals.
ASU was also chosen as a university partner for the 2012-2013 academic year in support of the Tillman Military Scholars program, which provides scholarships for active and veteran service members as well as their spouses. Carter will be recognized for initiatives such as introducing a bill in the Arizona Legislature that provides for employment preference for veterans when calculating points for employment with the state, counties, cities and towns, as well as other political subdivisions in the state. She has worked on other veterans issues as well.
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