ASU's Tillman Center encourages veterans to graduate, succeed - Cincinnati News, Weather, Sports from FOX19 NOW-WXIX

ASU's Tillman Center encourages veterans to graduate, succeed

TEMPE, AZ (CBS5) -

In his State of the Union, the president talked about pulling troops out of Afghanistan. Once they're done serving, many in the military want to go back to school. But how do they re-enter the academic world after everything they've seen and experienced during their service? Arizona State University is trying to tackle that question.

ASU opened up the Pat Tillman Veterans Center in August 2011. It's a space where they can study, meet other veterans and learn about the resources available to them. ASU said it's working and increasing the number of veterans who stay in school.

"I knew I wanted to go help out and the Marine Corps was chosen because my dad was a Marine," said JT Lain. After four years in the Marines, Lain said he wanted to go back to school. But he knew going from combat to college wouldn't be easy.

"Really, I just kind of forgot how to be a student," he said. While JT said the military taught him discipline and organization, he missed the camaraderie of the service.

"It's a little hard sometimes when you've got 18-year-olds around you talking about how a 21-year-old person is old and I'm 25," Lain said.

To make things a little easier, Lain goes to the Pat Tillman Veterans Center. Nestled in the Memorial Union, veteran students can do homework, hang out or get a nudge in the right direction.

"They go from an environment where they're told what to do 24 hours a day, 7 days a week," said Capt. Steve Borden, who is the director of the center. He said by offering a support system, they're helping veterans stay in school. In fact, in 2011, when the Tillman Center first opened, about 63 percent of first-time veteran freshman stayed in school. A year later, that number rose to nearly 93 percent.

"They know what success is about," Borden said. "What we need to do is put the right tools in their hands so they can succeed in this new environment."

"This sounds kind of corny but I'm just really glad this place is here, it really is a great benefit," lain said.

To learn more about the Pat Tillman Veterans Center, go to https://students.asu.edu/military.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • Trump leaves open possibility of bailing on meeting with Kim

    Trump leaves open possibility of bailing on meeting with Kim

    Thursday, April 19 2018 12:52 AM EDT2018-04-19 04:52:34 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 1:35 PM EDT2018-04-19 17:35:10 GMT
    (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media during a working lunch with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, at Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Palm Beach, Fla.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais). President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media during a working lunch with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, at Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club, Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Palm Beach, Fla.

    "If I think that if it's a meeting that is not going to be fruitful we're not going to go. If the meeting when I'm there is not fruitful I will respectfully leave the meeting," Trump told a news conference.

    Full Story >

    "If I think that if it's a meeting that is not going to be fruitful we're not going to go. If the meeting when I'm there is not fruitful I will respectfully leave the meeting," Trump told a news conference.

    Full Story >
  • Minnesota prosecutor won't file charges in Prince's death

    Minnesota prosecutor won't file charges in Prince's death

    Thursday, April 19 2018 12:42 AM EDT2018-04-19 04:42:26 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 1:34 PM EDT2018-04-19 17:34:21 GMT
    (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File). FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2007 file photo, Prince performs during halftime of the Super Bowl XLI football game in Miami. Minnesota prosecutors are planning an announcement Thursday, April 19, 2018, in their two-year investi...(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File). FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2007 file photo, Prince performs during halftime of the Super Bowl XLI football game in Miami. Minnesota prosecutors are planning an announcement Thursday, April 19, 2018, in their two-year investi...

    A two-year probe into the overdose death of music superstar Prince is reaching a critical stage as a county prosecutor reveals whether criminal charges will be filed.

    Full Story >

    A two-year probe into the overdose death of music superstar Prince is reaching a critical stage as a county prosecutor reveals whether criminal charges will be filed.

    Full Story >
  • Southwest Airlines sought more time for engine inspections

    Southwest Airlines sought more time for engine inspections

    Thursday, April 19 2018 1:02 AM EDT2018-04-19 05:02:22 GMT
    Thursday, April 19 2018 1:34 PM EDT2018-04-19 17:34:07 GMT
    (NTSB via AP). National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Southwes...(NTSB via AP). National Transportation Safety Board investigators examine damage to the engine of the Southwest Airlines plane that made an emergency landing at Philadelphia International Airport in Philadelphia on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The Southwes...

    The Federal Aviation Administration's announcement late Wednesday comes nearly a year after the engine's manufacturer recommended the additional inspections, and a month after European regulators ordered their airlines to do the work.

    Full Story >

    The Federal Aviation Administration's announcement late Wednesday comes nearly a year after the engine's manufacturer recommended the additional inspections, and a month after European regulators ordered their airlines to do the work.

    Full Story >
Powered by Frankly