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Student Veterans of America recognizes the achievements of Husky Veterans from the University of Southern Maine. Husky Vets kicked off the 2017 year with sending five student veterans and two faculty members to NatCon 2017. Chapter Leader, Camden Ege, was a presenter for a session a NatCon, the chapter participated in the National Business Plan Competition, and the chapter's advisor, Lorrie Spaulding, was a finalist for Chapter Advisor of the Year. "I think our biggest take-away were various best practices on chapter management. We are still a relatively young chapter, with plenty of details to iron out. NatCon, and the connections made there, provide a great opportunity to improve chapter efficiency," says Ege.

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For the upcoming spring, Husky Veterans are focusing on an upcoming Ruck March between two University of Southern Maine campuses. It will be nearly ten miles and in collaboration with The Summit Project, a nonprofit in Maine that honors fallen Marine heroes. It will be a combined effort of faculty, staff, students, administrators and community partners to achieve the goal of putting together a successful event.

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Student Veterans of America recognizes Washington University's Student Veterans Association (WUVETS) as SVA's Chapter of the Year, and we celebrate them as this month's SVA Chapter Voice. WUVETS has been engaged at all levels of the university—administration, faculty, staff and student—to promote the interests of veterans on campus and to increase visibility of student veteran needs in academia. The WUVETS student veterans are trusted advisors, partners and community members, engaging with the campus community to make a long-term impact for current and future student veterans.

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WUVETS members have partnered with administrators, faculty and staff to develop the WUSTL Veteran Ally Program, which launched in the Fall 2016 and trains a network of faculty, staff, administrators, and students committed to creating a welcoming and supportive campus environment for servicemembers and veterans who study at WUSTL.

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This January, SVA Chapter Leader David Scott at the University of Memphis will lead a delegation of 10 student veterans to the SVA National Conference in Anaheim, California where they will compete in the National Business Plan Competition. For the University of Memphis Student Veterans Organization (UofMSVO), attending SVA NatCon 2017 will be the culmination of a very busy year.


SVA Chapter Leader David Scott states that the mission of his SVA Chapter, "We provide the tools to empower veterans to pursue their educational and professional goals and increase social mobility through the transformative power of education. We serve as the voice of the veteran population on campus to a faculty and generation that appreciative of military service, but largely unaware of what it entails and the unique challenges of being a non-traditional student." Over the past academic year, UofMSVO has increased their membership by over 300% which has resulted in a 75% increase in attendance at their monthly meetings. UofMSVO attributes this increase in engagement with student veterans on their campus to their efforts to be more involved in their community at large.

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Chapter Voices • University of Delaware:

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Student Veterans of America recognizes the achievements of Blue Hen Veterans from The University of Delaware. Blue Hen Vets kicked off the year with an expanded Veteran's Day Ceremony that included placing 7,000 flags by volunteers, with the University President as well as the Mayor of Newark in attendance.

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Chapter Voices • University of Florida:

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In the 2015-2016 academic year the UF Collegiate Veterans Society (CVS) won Organization of the Year at the University of Florida. Due to accomplishments like The Chair of Honor (a POW/MIA Chair) being added to the university’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. During the 1st Gator Football game of the season the Chair of Honor was revealed to 90,000 football fans.


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