Make a Gift to Veteran Student Services
The Veteran Student Services Center has three major areas to which you can contribute and make a difference. Please note which area you would like your gift directed to on your pledge form. Make a Gift today.
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The Veterans Student Services Center was the first of its kind in Idaho.
It started in 2008 in the Rendezvous Complex as an office for veterans to go to for help. In 2011, the Veterans Student Services Center moved to its current location on the 3rd floor of the Student Union Building and expanded the services it offers.
It was built as a place where veterans, student service members, and their benefits-eligible dependents and families can go to study, talk to professional staff and Veteran Student Advocates, receive counseling and academic support and more. The Veterans Student Services Center also has a Computer Resource Center for students to use in a comfortable and supportive setting.
The Veterans Student Services Center reaches out to veterans, servicemembers and qualified dependents. It provides valuable services to student veterans and servicemembers, as well as veterans in the community who come in for help at the Bannock County Veterans Service office.
Your donation to the Veterans Student Services Center will allow the staff to continue to provide outstanding service and educational opportunities to veterans and servicemembers in our community.
Please note that you would like your donation directed to the Veteran Student Services Center when filling out your pledge form.
Hero is the Veteran Student Services Center’s facility and emotional support dog. As a facility dog, she is a support to the entire campus, rather than being assigned to an individual like a service dog.
Hero’s care is completely funded through donations. The Hero Project is managed through the ISU Foundation and all donations can be received through their office.
Help us support Hero and her job on campus by donating to The Hero Project.
Please note that you would like your donation directed to The Hero Project when filling out your pledge form.
Blake Stephens was born and raised in Pocatello. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the Idaho National Guard and attended basic training the following summer as a Forward Observer.
Stephens was serving a mission in Belgium and the Netherlands when 9/11 occurred. He arranged to come home and spent his time helping National Guard units around Idaho train for combat and prepare for deployment, in hopes of finding a way to be called up for active duty.
He volunteered to join a National Guard unit out of Preston deploying to Hill Air Force base in Utah to help secure the base. While there, he met and married his wife, Erin Dructor, who was an Air Force Security Forces agent.
In 2007, Stephens joined the U.S. Army and completed advanced training in Fort Benning, GA. After completing an additional month of training at Fort Irwin, CA, Stephens’ unit, the 3rd Heavy Combat Team, was deployed to Iraq.
On May 8, 2007, Stephens was the commander of the lead vehicle in a four Humvee convoy escorting a colonel through Salman Pak, 18 miles southeast of Baghdad, when his vehicle was hit simultaneously by four improvised explosive devices. Stephens and the driver, Spc. Kyle Little of MA, were killed in the explosion. Pfc. Saul Martinez, CA, was the only survivor, but lost both his legs.
The Sgt. Blake Stephens Scholarship is awarded each fall to deserving ISU student veterans and ROTC members. The ISU Foundation manages the scholarship and donations to the fund.
If you would like to contribute, please note that you would like your donation directed to the Sgt. Blake Stephens Scholarship fund when filling out your pledge form.