Honoring Young Veterans
Jerod Mickelson said he had to jump through hoops to get his VA benefits, so he started the Mizzou Student Veterans Association.
"Now that I know who to talk to, we can direct these new veterans coming back from activations to talk to the right people," he explained, "instead of having to do the same thing that I did myself."
The MSVA usually helps veterans make the transition from active duty to college, but they also raised money for Columbia's Big Brothers Big Sisters at Friday's program.
"We wanted to be able to turn this money around and do some good with it," Mickelson said. "There's no reason for us to keep it. We wanted to provide back to our community, and that's really what our organization is about."