With more than 1,300 chapters representing over 460,000 veterans in higher education, the mission of SVA is to provide our nation's military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in post-service life through higher education and professional development.
These member chapters are the "boots on the ground" that help veterans reintegrate into campus life and succeed academically. Each chapter is an officially recognized student group by their university or college, and provides a peer-to-peer network for veterans who are attending the school. Additionally, chapters coordinate campus activities, offer pre-professional networking, and generally provide a touchstone for student veterans in higher education.
The size of these student groups vary by school, from as small as three, to as many as 100 members. SVA chapters are open to all those committed to creating supportive veteran campuses. Groups are comprised of pre- and post-9/11 veterans, civilians, and military dependents.
The presence of student veteran organizations has been cited as a best practice for military-friendly schools by the American Council on Education and RAND Corporation. The peer-to-peer support, which SVA chapters offer, has been linked to academic success for student veterans.
As the guardians and stewards of the GI Bill, SVA has a focus on developing impactful programming, harvesting actionable research, providing support and resources to operate successful peer-based student veteran chapters. The team forges enduring partnerships with government, private industry, institutions of higher education, philanthropic organizations, individuals and stakeholders committed to ensuring that every generation of veterans has the opportunity to earn a college degree and continue to contribute to their communities and the nation. SVA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, headquartered in Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit http://www.studentveterans.org and follow us on Twitter @studentvets.