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Text Campaign at Beaver Stadium to Help Students Who've Served in Military

by on November 16, 2013 7:40 AM

Penn State football fans are getting a chance to step up and help support students who have served their country.

During next weekend's game against Purdue the crowd at  Beaver Stadium will be asked to take part in the first-ever text campaign to raise money for the World Campus Annual Military Student Fund.

It's part of the Military Appreciation Day celebration. Using your cell phone, text the keyword "MILITARY" to 50555* to donate $10 to the fund. The money will help veterans and people on active duty who are enrolled online. The fund helps pay expenses that are not covered by military education benefits.

Penn State says 16 percent of its World Campus students are either on active duty or veterans.

Air Force Capt. William Heitshusen is a pilot who's stationed at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. He's enrolled in the online Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security. Heitshusen says he's grateful for the help he's gotten through the military student fund, "I have been able to take classes while away from home on missions and even continued my education while deployed to a combat zone,” he says.

In honor of Veterans Day this past week, there will also be a salute to our military during halftime. That will include a tribute to ROTC elite, active-duty personnel, Wounded Warriors, and veterans.

*A donation of $10 will be made to Renaissance Charitable Foundation benefiting Penn State World Campus. Charges will appear on your wireless bill or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Message and data rates may apply. Text STOP to 50555 to stop. Text HELP to 50555 for help. Full terms are at mGive.org/T. Click here, to see the privacy policy.

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