DULUTH- Former service members consider UMD to be a very veteran friendly campus.
A benefit at Clyde Iron Works was aimed at making the college experience even better for some special veterans.
Not too long ago UMD kicked off their heroes fund, dog tag sale in efforts to raise money to create a scholarship to help veterans with their school costs.
In March, UMD started selling dog tags for five dollars a piece in all campus stores.
The tags were also sold at Holiday Stations all over the Twin Ports.
Four dollars and 24 cents out of every tag, goes directly to the fund.
The goal is to raise $25,000 dollars to create a permanently endowed scholarship. One scholarship will be given out to a veteran, yearly.
The creators of the fund say they are not veteran, but work at UMD, and saw a need.
Co-founder, Rick Smith said, "everything we have we owe to our veterans, there's no question about that. We see the importance of that in giving back and we also see the effects of, emotionally of what it does to a family, and we want to lessen that pain a little bit with some money."
So far they have raised $11,000 dollars and say they are confident they will reach their goal.
They have already given out two scholarships since the fund was created and say the veterans have been incredibly grateful for the support.
The dog tags are still available for sale for those who haven't gotten theirs yet.
If you are interested in donating, click here: http://www.d.umn.edu/development/