During a press conference on February 18, Maureen Casey, JPMorgan Chase’s director of Military and Veterans Affairs, handed over a $122,000 check to President Vistasp Karbhari to a Student Veteran Project at the University of Texas in Arlington received a grant of $122,000 from JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Alexa Smith-Osborne, an associate professor of social work, is principal investigator of the UT Arlington Student Veteran Project, which developed the program model. She said Chase’s support will make it possible to provide enhanced services to student veterans at the onset of their first academic year based on the model developed by the University’s Center for Clinical Social Work.
Since 2007, the Student Veteran Project has been in clinical trials, and Smith-Osborne has been able to offer only four sessions per veteran. With the new grant, it will receive more financial aid, accessibility to advising, housing and mental health services.
The Student Veteran Project will be able to expand past its clinical trial and be able to support 50 new students in its first academic year.
President Karbhari spoke during the conference and said he feels very strongly about taking care of our veterans, not only here on campus, but in life.
“We are able to enjoy the freedoms we have because of the sacrifices the veterans have made and projects such as the one we are initiating today,” Karbhari said. “These are just a small token to the tremendous debt that we owe them.”
Kabhari summed up the entire reasoning for this gran in four words, quoting Dan Lipinski, a Congressman from Illinois:
“Leave no soldier behind,” Karbhari said.