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SVA Voices • Hakeem Thomas:  

As a part of our mission supporting student veterans in their transition into higher education and civilian life, Student Veterans of America (SVA) shares their success stories through SVA Voices. Through storytelling, we are able to highlight student veteran success, and inspire the next generation of student veterans.
hakeem thomas

Hakeem Thomas, a native of Philadelphia, served in the Army National Guard and graduated in May 2017 from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (BU) with a B.A. in Criminal Justice and a B.S. in Digital Forensics.

It was while he was deployed overseas with the Army in 2012, that Hakeem developed an interest in studying the behaviors of cyber criminals. With a background in computer science, he started to think about studying digital forensics when he returned home. And that's exactly what he did.

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SVA Voices • Samantha Fergus:  
Student Veterans of America prides itself on celebrating the diversity of the many student veterans that make up our chapters across the country. This June, in celebration of LGBT Pride, we not only celebrate the culture and history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, we also recognize their countless contributions as student veterans and highlight their stories of success.

samantha fergus
Samantha Fergus is a Navy veteran, currently in the reserves. She works in human resources, while earning a degree in Business Administration and Sociology at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon. At school she is the Vice President of her SVA chapter. In addition to all of this she is developing plans to start her own business.

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SVA Voices • Christine Johnson:  
As a part of our mission supporting student veterans in their transition into higher education and civilian life, Student Veterans of America (SVA) shares their success stories through SVA Voices. Through storytelling, we are able to highlight student veteran success, and inspire the next generation of student veterans.

christine johnson

When it comes to being an advocate for lifelong learning, Air Force veteran Christine Johnson is one of the strongest. To name a few of her academic accomplishments, she has earned her A.S. in Political Science with a minor in International Studies, B.A. in Homeland Security, Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief, and her M.A. in Political Science and Foreign Affairs. Christine exemplifies academics at its pinnacle and encourages others to put forth the academic commitment. Christine says, "Never stop learning on the job and aspire to enter into many new classrooms--maybe someday stand at the blackboard (or LED Screen!)."

 

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SVA Voices • Anita O'Daniel:  

Student Veterans of America prides itself on celebrating the diversity of the many student veterans that make up our chapters across the country. This June, in celebration of LGBT Pride, we not only celebrate the culture and history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, we also recognize their countless contributions as student veterans and highlight their stories of success.

anita odaniel


Anita O'Daniel is an Air Force veteran, and mother of two young children. She will receive her BA in Deaf Education from University of Tulsa in May of 2018. She plans to continue her education and earn her Masters of Occupational Therapy which will enable her to bring occupational therapy services to the deaf community, which she has observed has a lack of occupational therapists who know how to communicate with deaf clients. She is also currently the Treasurer for the University of Tulsa SVA and married to a fellow Air Force veteran.

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SVA Voices • David Keener:  

Student Veterans of America prides itself on celebrating the diversity of the many student veterans that make up our chapters across the country. This June, in celebration of LGBT Pride, we not only celebrate the culture and history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, we also recognize their countless contributions as student veterans and highlight their stories of success.

david keener

David Keener is a 10-year veteran of the Coast Guard, President of his SVA Chapter, and passionate about his career in computer technology. 10 years ago, David was released from the Coast Guard under Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT), for being gay. As we celebrate National LGBT Pride and inclusivity 365 days a year, we highlight the success David has experienced post-service and how he continues to give back to his community and serve his country. David will be graduating this month from Southern Crescent Technical College in Griffin, Georgia, with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Computer Programming.

  

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