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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.
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.
WUVETS was also requested by the university's Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement to co-sponsor "Holiday Mail for Heroes", a university-wide event for community members to kick off the holiday season by thanking those currently serving and veterans through card and letter-writing and sharing cookies, beverages, and holiday cheer.
According to the Washington University's Chancellor, WUVETS has dramatically increased exposure to veterans' issues this past academic year. WUVETS has increased visibility of student veterans on Wash U's campus through social media, media coverage and events, increased information sharing and peer networking across schools, and built connections between student veterans and non-veterans.
WUVETS President James Petersen currently serves as both student ambassador, the face of veterans on campus. Most recently he was named one of the top 12 campus leaders, leading into the 2016 Presidential Debate held at Wash U. He was invited to attend the university's National Council dinner as a guest of the Provost.
Through SVA Chapter Voices, we celebrate the success of the more than 540,000 student veterans that SVA represents on almost 1400 campuses across the country. Become a part of SVA Chapter Voices. Click here to share your chapter success story.