The Veteran Center located at WSU Tri-Cities has provided a place for student veterans to gather and discuss issues we face after leaving the service. It also provides the 67 student veterans access to technology for research and completion of homework. However, since COVID-19 has shaken things up we have not been able to access the Veteran Center or its tech, leaving many student veterans to find alternative ways to access their support community and technology requirements for completing schoolwork and attending class. While the majority of student veterans have access to their own technology, 6% of student veterans polled relied on the Veteran center and other on-campus amenities for technology access. Those students are now struggling to afford or find reliable access to these valuable resources. Of the polled student veterans, 12% have had their technology fail in the last year. Some of these student veterans are only in need of access during periods when their current computers fail before they can afford to buy a new one. While the majority of student veterans have personal laptops, 3% of student veterans reported their laptops did not have built-in webcams or mics, which is now a requirement in order to participate in our virtual classrooms.
The Patriots Club, our on-campus WSU Tri-Cities veteran advocacy group, is asking our community for support. We are fundraising to purchase HP stream laptops that our veterans can check out for free through a contactless pickup run by our veteran center. With any additional funds left over, we will be purchasing headsets and webcams to help our veterans whose computers do not have them built-in. Once the pandemic is over and the student veterans are able to return to campus, this technology will continue to have a great impact on our student veterans by allowing them to work on schoolwork off-campus as well as being able to take said tech into their classrooms and be more successful students.
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Provides a laptop for a student veteran in need. A webcam and headset for another student veteran with dated technology, and when paired with a trusty Lieutenant, a second laptop for yet another student veteran in need. Thank you!