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Indiana Tech’s Aaron Slatton recognized as a TIAA Difference Maker

February 8, 2019

photo of poster recognizing Aaron Slatton's Difference Maker award from TIAA

Indiana Tech and Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA) hosted a reception today to recognize Aaron Slatton, a Marine Corps veteran, member of Indiana Tech’s Military and Veteran’s Services team, and TIAA Difference Maker 100 honoree. Slatton is among 100 extraordinary individuals TIAA, the leading provider of financial services in the academic, research, medical, cultural and government fields, is recognizing for devoting their lives to improving the world and shaping a brighter future for us all.

Slatton was chosen for his work to establish a Student Veteran Group at Indiana Tech and spearhead activities to bring awareness to the unique abilities of former service members. The group is making a difference by helping veterans in need. Its fundraising, including a popular car show on campus, has helped build tiny homes for homeless vets and supported vets suffering post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Our fundraisers have helped our community by providing organizations with funds to go out and save our veterans from hurting themselves,” said Slatton. “I am inspired by each and every veteran I meet. There are many veterans with invisible wounds and I want to save as many of them as I can.”

In celebration of TIAA’s 100th year of serving those who serve others, TIAA is recognizing 100 people, like Slatton, who work for a nonprofit and are making significant contributions in their community or the world. TIAA, the leading provider of financial services in the academic, research, medical, cultural and government fields, is awarding each Difference Maker 100 Honoree with a $10,000 donation to support the nonprofit organization through which they make a difference. Slatton’s award will be donated to the campus Student Veteran Group to help establish a veteran-focused resource center at Indiana Tech.

“Aaron’s work is adding a new dimension to supporting military veterans on campus,” said Steve Herendeen, vice president for enrollment management at Indiana Tech. “His efforts to bring awareness to the unique abilities of former servicemembers are inspiring. He’s making a difference on our campus and in our community.”

For more information about Slatton and the TIAA Difference Maker 100 program, please visit TIAADifferenceMaker100.org.