Chapter Voices: Belmont University
Student Veterans of America (SVA) recognizes the accomplishment and efforts of Bruin Vets, the SVA Chapter at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. The road to achieving success for an SVA Chapter is rarely universal. Securing assistance from the community is a common factor among successful chapters. Because the community has various resources to offer, it serves as a major catapult for chapters. The Belmont chapter made a concerted effort to reach out to their community and as a result was rewarded accordingly, as they became one of a number of schools to receive state funding from Tennessee's Drive to 55.The Drive to 55 was created with the intent to increase the number of educated Tennesseans.The Belmont Chapter received $95,000 in grant money as a result of the chapter's participation.
October 2015: The Coastal Carolina University (CCU)
The Coastal Carolina University (CCU) Student Veterans Organization (SVO) in Conway, S.C. have proven to be a strong voice on campus since their formation in February 2013. Their advocacy on behalf of student veterans, particularly student veterans with disabilities, have earned them support from faculty and staff on campus, as well as regional recognition.
September 2015: Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
One of the main pillars of Student Veterans of America is the peer-to-peer support model. The idea is that veterans should benefit from the advancements by those who share similar experiences. The Syracuse University Student Veterans Organization (SVO) embodies that culture by bringing chapters together for programs and efforts that benefit not only veterans attending Syracuse but also veterans who are associated with other organizations and institutions.
August 2015: Sheridan College, Sheridan, Wyoming
Sheridan College Veterans Club (SCVC) prides itself on creating veteran success through peer-to-peer support for Wyoming student veterans and their families. Since SCVC’s humble beginnings in 2013, Sheridan College was honored as a military-friendly school by GI Jobs magazine for 3 years in a row due in part to the level of dedication to military members past and present. Administrators and student veterans alike have accepted the call to serve at Sheridan College, thereby sustaining a healing space for veterans and their dependents both incoming and post-graduation.
Chapter of the Month - Saint Xavier University, Chicago, IL
Chicago's Catholic schools have a reputation for accommodating current and retired service members. St. Xavier University (SXU) is no exception. Veterans attending St. Xavier University are able to utilize the Yellow Ribbon Program and the school's supportive faculty. SXU describes veteran students as a valuable group that adds to the richness of the school.