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Kucivers’ fight typical for veterans

Kucivers’ fight typical for veterans

“In the Army, we’re all brothers. We protect each other. Here, there’s no bond, it’s everyone for themselves.” Dan Kuciver, retired Army staff sergeant Stories and photos by ROBYN ZELICKSON Retired Army Staff Sergeant Dan Kuciver sits quietly at the table in his dining room, hooked up to his oxygen machine. His wife Karen, the […]

Vet office clears audit backlog

Vet office clears audit backlog

By MICHEAL ROMERO When Pima Community College appointed Hector Acosta as acting director of military and veteran services in June, he set his sights on one goal: repairing service for the sake of the students. “My No. 1 priority was fixing the audit issues and perceptions that were in the community,” Acosta said. “All the […]

Student vets left in the dust

Student vets left in the dust

By PABLO ESPINOSA Pima Community College student veteran George Burdelte, who spent 10 years in the Navy and Army, depends on his veteran’s benefits to make ends meet. He is still waiting for this semester’s Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. The delay in payments left him with a negative bank account balance. His car has been […]

Pima passes VA audit

Pima passes VA audit

By NICK MEYERS Pima Community College passed a compliance audit from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs following a campus visit Dec. 8-10. “This is excellent news for our student-veterans and their families,” Karrie Mitchell, assistant vice chancellor for student development said in a news release. The audit was intended to verify Pima’s compliance with […]

Pima locks on  to student vets  with new director

Pima locks on to student vets with new director

By NICK MEYERS Back in ’78, Daniel Kester was a young airman recruit. One stripe on his shoulder, no more than a year out of high school, his second lieutenant asked him, “Kester! You ever think about going to college?” Truth was, he hadn’t. College was for lawyers and bankers and senators’ sons; he was […]

PCC holds forums for veterans

PCC holds forums for veterans

By DAVID JOSEPH DEL GRANDE Pima Community College recently hosted two forums to provide information regarding veteran education benefits and waiver assistance for students who received debt letters from the Veterans Administration. Pima’s forums were held on June 21 and June 23 in an effort to assist approximately 3,700 students whom had received veteran benefits […]

PCC veteran enrollment sanctions lifted

PCC veteran enrollment sanctions lifted

By NICK MEYERS The state has lifted enrollment sanctions on Pima Community College, allowing the college to enroll Veterans Benefit recipients once again. During a May 20 visit, representatives of the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services found that PCC is “fully in compliance” with regulations and will allow the college to enroll veterans for the […]

College reacts to vet sanctions

College reacts to vet sanctions

By NICK MEYERS Although Pima Community College is under a 60-day suspension from enrolling veterans using veteran aid programs, officials are confident the problems will be addressed. A letter from the Arizona Veterans Education & Training Approving Agency detailed numerous accounts of negligent record keeping that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has brought to […]

Letter to the Editor: Veterans Center, fix yourself

Letter to the Editor: Veterans Center, fix yourself

I am a non-traditional, veteran full-time student pursuing an associate of science degree in order to fulfill prerequisites for a graduate program. Since I also work full time at Fort Huachuca, I have a three-hour roundtrip commute when I attend my classes or science labs in the evenings. Due to my full-time schedule (I have […]

State halts veteran admissions

State halts veteran admissions

By ANDREW PAXTON Pima Community College is prohibited from enrolling new student veterans for at least 60 days following a suspension of benefits from the Arizona Veterans Education & Training Approving Agency.   A March 18 letter from the VETAA to Chancellor Lee Lambert detailed the reasons for the sanction, including failure to accurately report […]

Student vets want their voices heard

Student vets want their voices heard

By A. GREENE If you’re not a student veteran, you might not know that Pima Community College’s Downtown Campus has a Veteran’s Center. Even if you are a student veteran, you might not know about it. The two-room center, located inside the Student Life room, is tucked into a back corner. The front room has […]

Saluting veterans

Saluting veterans

By LIAM McINERNEY   When I was growing up in Massachusetts, any thoughts I had about Veterans Day involved planning how I would spend my day off from school. Much like July 4 or the vast number of Jewish holidays, I rarely thought about what the holiday truly meant. I did not take part in […]