P.A.V.E. Program assists Boise State student veterans

A new program at Boise State is helping veterans better connect with their student community. 

The Peer Advisors for Veteran Education Program at Boise State is in its first year at the university. P.A.V.E. sets up underclass veterans with an upperclassman to help navigate student life. 

P.A.V.E. team leader Nicholas Carter is a junior at BSU and a veteran himself. Carter says what the program offers goes much deeper than student advising or tutoring.

"It runs the gambit," he says. "It's not just veteran services. It's for those that move here and may not have their housing set up, they're in a financial situation, they're looking for child care."

Carter says the goal is to get more student veterans to their graduation day. 

"We're building a resource network so that we can connect them to the sort of resources they need so they're able to go through their college experience and complete it," Carter says.

To celebrate the P.A.V.E. kick-off, a special event is being held Saturday, Oct. 29 outside of the Boise State Student Union. From 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., P.A.V.E. organizers are hosting "The Veteran's Cup".

The event features an inflatable obstacle course, a basketball and football toss, and a dodge ball arena. The entire Boise State community is invited to attend the event. 

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