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PIX11, Tribune Broadcasting’s New York flagship station, and the Veterans’ Education Challenge (VEC) have established a partnership to help raise awareness for the organization. The VEC is dedicated to sending United States Military veterans to college by providing them with needed scholarships that the GI Bill does not cover. Using the power of PIX11’s platforms, the station has partnered with the VEC to help promote the organization’s initiatives.

Founders of the VEC, Avis and Bruce Richards, announced the launch of the “Veterans’ Education $1 Million Matching Challenge” on Nov. 11, 2015 in an effort to supplement the GI Bill and help fund higher education for returning veterans. The challenge is hosted on Crowdrise.com, and every dollar donated to the challenge between Veterans Day 2015 and Veterans Day 2016 will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Richards up to $1 million.

“PIX11 is proud to partner with the Veterans’ Education Challenge and Avis and Bruce Richards on this worthy cause.  Our veterans risk life and limb to protect our freedom without pause. The fact is that upon return from serving our country, many veterans struggle to get a job, making it a challenge to provide for a family.  Education is the answer. PIX11 is proud to help play a role in educating veterans and making an impact toward securing a meaningful, productive career and life,” said Rich Graziano, President/GM, PIX11.

Avis Richards stated: “We are so grateful to our fellow Americans in supporting Veterans Education Challenge to provide scholarships to the men and women in uniform who have risked their lives to protect our country.

“Let’s all donate what we can, and in doing so donations will be matched up to $1 million dollars, bringing needed funding and awareness to support our troops when the return to the private sector, she said.

In addition to the $1 million pledge for the Veterans’ Education Challenge, the Richards also donated $1 million to the University of Maryland to provide scholarships for veterans at the school.

To learn more about the Veterans’ Education $1 Million Matching Challenge and contribute please visit : https://www.crowdrise.com/veteranseducationchallenge

 ABOUT THE VETERANS’ EDUCATION CHALLENGE

The Veterans’ Education $1 Million Matching Challenge seeks to help returning veterans live successful, happy lives by supplementing the Post-9/11 GI Bill and providing them with scholarships to help complete their higher educations. Between Veterans Day 2015 and Veterans Day 2016, every dollar raised as part of the challenge will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Avis and Bruce Richards, up to $1 million in total. Funds raised as part of the challenge will support tuition, room and board, and other related and allowable living expenses for veterans seeking higher educations. All scholarships awarded under the program will be based on financial need with a priority and preference given to veterans in good standing during their years of service and at their respective universities. For more information and to donate, please visit https://www.crowdrise.com/veteranseducationchallenge.