IWU sponsors Professional Armed Forces Rodeo Association

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IWU-National & Global is the presenting sponsor for the 2018 Professional Armed Forces Rodeo Association (PAFRA) World Championship Rodeo. The event will take place on Oct. 25-27, at the Kansas Expocentre, 1 Expocentre Drive, Topeka, Kansas.

PAFRA is a premier global rodeo association comprised of active duty servicemen and women, reservists, national guard and honorably discharged veterans. The organization aims to provide a venue for men and women who share the bond of military service and a love of rodeo.

This sponsorship was initiated in 2017 when KC Haight, director of military and veteran recruitment at IWU, was seated next to PAFRA president James Hastings on a flight to Anchorage, Alaska. The two men struck up a conversation about their military service that led to a sponsorship between IWU and PAFRA.

“The members of PAFRA are very excited to have such a wonderful partnership with IWU. The values of faith and dedication to excellence are shared by both institutions. The military and veteran outreach programs offered by IWU are truly remarkable and bring amazing opportunities to our American servicemen and women,” PAFRA president James Hastings said.

“This partnership was the result of two retired veterans sitting on a plane, wearing matching red POW bracelets. This circumstance started a conversation and friendship,” said Haight. “PAFRA combines the very best in family fun, support for our military, and veteran outreach into one organization.”

IWU is recognized by G.I Jobs magazine as a “Military Friendly School,” and Washington Monthly ranks IWU in the top 10 of the best four-year colleges in the country for adult learners. IWU offers specific financial assistance for active-duty military students and their spouses, including discounted tuition for many of IWU’s adult and graduate programs offered online and onsite through IWU’s regional education centers located throughout Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

IWU also extends a 10-percent tuition discount to veterans who have exhausted their Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits or veterans who are no longer eligible for those benefits.

“We are excited to continue to build the military community at IWU through our partnership with PAFRA,” Haight said. “My goal is to prepare our nations’ protectors for the day when their uniform comes off. I take great pride in that.”
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