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SVA Voices • James Gilchrest:  

 

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.

 

SVA’s mission is to support student veterans as they move to and through college, and then beyond college to graduate school or the workforce.  James Cameron Gilchrest is a student veteran, who served with the Alaska National Guard and recently transferred to the Air National Guard.  He exemplifies the successful transition so many student veterans are making.

James Gilchrest       

 

James graduated in the spring of 2017 from the University of Alaska - Fairbanks with a Bachelors of Emergency Management,Leadership Distinction and a minor in General Business. In addition to being the first in his family to graduate from college, he received many honors during his college years including 2016-17 Outstanding Student of the year for his program, nominated for commencement speaker, and selected as the Trio Day speaker. He also worked as a resident assistant, student ambassador, orientation assistant, and orientation leader. In addition to all this, James was a very active leader in his SVA chapter.

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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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