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SVA Voices • Katherine Pratt:  
Student Veterans of America prides itself on celebrating the diversity of the many student veterans that make up our chapters across the country. This May, in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we not only celebrate the culture, traditions, and history of Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States, but also recognize their countless contributions as student veterans and highlight their stories of success. Katherine Ingle Pratt is the outgoing President of her SVA chapter at the University of Washington and a Korean American and U.S. Air Force veteran, who also grew up as a military child. Her father also served in the Air Force, and met and married her mother while in Korea.

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Katherine was USAF active duty from Dec 2008 - Dec 2012. She entered active service as a pilot trainee, and after 14 months transferred and became an operational flight test engineer. Prior to commissioning she earned a BS from MIT in Aerospace Engineering, using an Air Force ROTC scholarship. She is currently a PhD student and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.

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SVA Voices • Tammy Barlet :

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.

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SVA is proud to celebrate the diversity of student veterans who contribute to our chapters across the country. In celebration of Women's History Month, and in recognition of the countless contributions of women student veterans past and present, we celebrate their stories of success.

 

Tammy Barlet is a Coast Guard Veteran attending Temple University, scheduled to graduate in May with her Bachelor of Science in Public Health.

 

Tammy planned on pursuing a Master of Public Health with an emphasis in global health once she completed her Bachelor's degree, however the 2017 SVA National Conference had quite an impact on her future plans. She explains, "While at NatCon 2017, I heard the Secretary of the VA and the [VFW] Commander in Chief speak about how as student Veteran leaders we have been blessed with an obligation of leadership because you can't leave change to chance. That evening I decided to become a veteran advocate."

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SVA Voices • Carol "Shorty" Ruiz :

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.

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SVA is proud to celebrate the diversity of student veterans who contribute to our chapters across the country. In celebration of Women's History Month, and in recognition of the countless contributions of women student veterans past and present, we celebrate their stories of success.


Carol "Shorty" Ruiz is an Army Veteran attending the University of North Texas at Dallas. A proud #GIBillGrad, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in 2016, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

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SVA Voices • Rebekah Lloyd : 

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.

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SVA is proud to celebrate the diversity of student veterans who contribute to our chapters across the country. In celebration of Women's History Month, and in recognition of the countless contributions of women student veterans past and present, we celebrate their stories of success.

Rebekah Lloyd is an Army Veteran attending Regent University. A proud #GIBillGrad , she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in December 2016, and is currently pursuing both a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Arts in Law. Her experiences with SVA have ignited a passion for veteran advocacy, which she intends to turn into a career.

 

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SVA Voices • Chaze Patrick:  

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

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Student Veterans of America prides itself on celebrating the diversity of the many student veterans that make up our chapters across the country. In celebration of Black History Month, and in recognition of the countless contributions of black student veterans past and present, we celebrate their stories of success. Chaze Patrick is a Marine Corps Veteran currently working as a Marketing Assistant through the VA Student Veteran Work Study Program, while working towards his Masters in Public Administration (M.P.A.) at University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana.

"Being a student veteran reflects the highest standards of professionalism, perseverance, and character," says Chaze. "As a person who has served in the military, a student veteran brings uniqueness to various areas, whether it be in the classroom, or place of employment. The embodiment of the military radiates success no matter what direction you go."

  

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