Kiersten Downs 

Student Veterans of America prides itself on inclusion and celebrating the diversity of the many student veterans that make up SVA Chapters across the country. The purpose of SVA Voices is to amplify the stories of these student veterans. During the month of March, we will be celebrating Women's History Month with stories from female student veterans. 

 

Kiersten Downs served in the United States Air Force for four years and the New York Air National Guard for four years, for a total of eight years, before transitioning into the role of student. Downs is now pursuing her Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology and recently joined SVA's Board of Directors where she will serve as the voice for other student veterans around the country. It was during her Ph.D. studies that Kiersten discovered the benefits of joining SVA, a luxury that she wished would have been available to her during her undergraduate years. 

Tahlia Burton

Student Veterans of America prides itself on inclusion and celebrating the diversity of the many student veterans that make up SVA Chapters across the country. The purpose of SVA Voices is to amplify the stories of these student veterans. During the month of March, we will be celebrating Women's History Month with stories from women student veterans. 

Tahlia Burton served in the U.S. Air Force for 6 years before she returned to pursue higher education. Currently a student at Columbia University, Tahlia expects to graduate in 2017 with a B.A. in Political Science and Human Rights, and is a part of the U.S. Military Veterans of Columbia University SVA chapter, or MilVets. Before attending Columbia University, Burton was unsure about whether or not she was going to be able to make it in college. She had no idea how she was going to assimilate into her new position as a student.

Megan Kennedy

 

Student Veterans of America prides itself on inclusion and celebrating the diversity of the many student veterans that make up SVA Chapters across the country.The purpose of SVA Voices is to amplify the stories of these student veterans. During the month of March, we will be celebrating Women's History Month with stories from female student veterans.  

 

Megan Kennedy attended the University of California, Davis, where she graduated in 2014 with a BA in Philosophy and Political Science. Prior to her time as a student veteran, Kennedy served in the U.S. Army ReserveShe found it hard to integrate into civilian life, especially as a veteran pursing higher education. Her SVA chapter helped her get through this transitional period.  

Nakia Cooper
 

 

In celebration of African American History Month, SVA Voices profiles for the month of February will highlight the diversity that is the makeup of our individual chapters.

 

 

Nakia Cooper served for fifteen years in the Georgia Air National Guard and is now attending Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia, where he is studying Health Science and Human Performance.

 

 

As the President of the SVA Armstrong Chapter since April 2015, Nakia has witnessed and produced many successes for his chapter. These successes range from organizing and completing over 300 combined hours of community volunteer work to bridging the gap between his SVA Chapter and other local chapters, which allows for a greater space to pitch ideas that will allow for continued growth and success of SVA Armstrong.

 
 

Sidney Covington

In celebration of African American History Month, SVA Voices profiles for the month of February will highlight the diversity that is the makeup of our individual chapters.


Sidney Covington has served as an Active Duty Army member for three years. A student veteran at Georgia State University, Sidney is working towards her Bachelor of Social Work and is expected to graduate this year. Sidney has been an active member of her SVA chapter.

  

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