by Alexandra DeCosta, Journalist @ Arizona State University

TEMPE, AZ – Since 2018, the Military-affiliated population at Arizona State University has hit record-high numbers. ASU is very well known not only for the multiple degrees they offer but it is also known as a very military-friendly university.

Army Ranger Pat Tillman was killed by friendly fire

The Pat Tillman Veterans Center has been open since August 8, 2011. The Pat Tillman Center helps veterans make an easy transition from military life to civilian/ student lifestyle.

The Pat Tillman Veterans Center helps military dependents navigate their way through college.

The center offers numerous different resources and ways military families can get more involved at Arizona State University.

The Pat Tillman Veterans Center has offered veterans and dependents work study at their centers.

After being in the Army, Veteran Wyatt Russell, has been a part of the work-study program for a year. Russell refers to it as a great resource for military-associated students and encourages those students to take advantage of everything the center offers.

“The Pat Tillman Center has helped me transition from military life to civilian life by providing me with a tight-knit community of like-minded people who share a lot of the same experiences and challenges as me.”

Students at Arizona State University

Committed to its motto “Inspiring Service” The Pat Tillman Center website offers information on upcoming events, scholarship information, and different ways veterans and dependents can get involved at Arizona State University.

Work-study employee and founding member of 42 collective, Nicholas Coteus, describes the ASU-student club, 42 collectives.

“42 Collective is a student veteran club at ASU focused on helping veterans make social connections during their time at ASU. It is an open membership club, and we aim to help veterans connect with both other veterans as civilian students.”

Coteus is in his second semester working at the Pat Tillman Center. Prior to being at Arizona State, Coteus was in the Marine Corps. Coteus describes the work-study at the PTVC as a family.

“All of the staff would give you the shirt off their back, and make the veteran students at ASU their absolute priority. The work-study there also puts in an enormous amount of time and effort on behalf of the student veteran population because we know how hard it is to go it alone.”

Monica Navarro, a dependent and part of the work-study, considers the Pat Tillman Veterans Center as a second family.

“Working at the PTVC was nothing like what I expected it to be. When I started, I didn’t think I’d make many friends, but looking back now I feel like I was scared for nothing because everyone at the PTVC is so welcoming, and I’m never afraid to talk to my coworkers about anything.”

“Overall, it feels like a second family, something many students look for when they’re in college. The PTVC really gives you the chance to meet people from all walks of life, whether they served, or are dependent, and it’s a real eye-opener when you meet these people.”

The Pat Tillman Veterans Center actively recruits veterans and dependents to apply to the work-study program.

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