Mike Beebe Veterans Fund Gala to be Held at Governor's Mansion

Re: Major General Granger will be recognized at the second annual Sigma Pi Walter M. Schirra Gala Benefit for their accomplishments in public service, philanthropic efforts, character and leadership.

Feb. 19, 2009 -- Injured combat veterans attending Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will reap the benefits of this special event recognizing leadership accomplishments at the Arkansas Governorís Mansion, at 6 p.m. in Little Rock Friday, Feb. 20.

Major General Granger will be recognized at the second annual Sigma Pi Walter M. Schirra Gala Benefit for accomplishments in public service, philanthropic efforts, character and leadership. A significant portion of the eveningís proceeds will support the Mike Beebe Veterans Fund, an educational endowment for the injured combat veterans at ASUís Beck PRIDE Center for Americaís Wounded Veterans at Arkansas State.

"We are very proud to be associated with this event," said Susan Tonymon, director of the Beck PRIDE Center for Americaís Wounded Veterans at ASU. "The scholarship fund is to honor those individuals who have served in combat for our country during present day conflicts and to honor the families who have lost a loved one in the service of our country. We are truly appreciative of the hard work and efforts by Sigma Pi fraternity at Arkansas State and the Sigma Pi Educational Foundation in Nashville, Tenn.

The Mike Beebe Veterans Fund was established in honor of Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe by members of the Alpha Pi chapter of Sigma Pi at ASU. More than $20,000 in scholarships has been awarded to student-veterans since the program started in the spring of 2008.

Major General Granger serves as the principle advisor to the assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) on Department of Defense health plan policy and performance. Major General Granger serves as chairperson for the Beck PRIDE Center for Americaís Wounded Veteransí National Advisory Council and is an alumnus of Arkansas State University and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. In 2008, he was recognized as a distinguished alumnus by both educational institutions.