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From One Student Veteran Mom to Another
Student Veterans of America |  May 11, 2018

Peer-to-peer mentoring is a critical component to student veteran success - even more so, as we look at the unique identities and intersections of today's student veterans. So, this Mother's Day, we look to past and current student veteran moms for their best piece of advice for their fellow student veteran moms.

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Five Reasons You Should Present at National Conferences…Especially SVA's NatCon

By Dr. Chris Cate Vice President of Research at Student veterans of America

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Submitting a conference proposal may seem like a lot of work for very little in return. You may spend hours or days by yourself or working with others in developing an idea, writing a proposal, then submitting it. Then you have to wait and see if all the work paid off and the conference committee accepted it. But, before you pass on the opportunity to submit a proposal and the chance to present at a conference, here are five reasons why you should spend the time on a conference proposal and give yourself the chance to present.

 

Three Ways to Power Through Your Education

By Peter Shelby, Assistant Secretary for Office of Human Resources and Administration, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

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I was the eighth of nine kids. My dad was a cop, so education was never really stressed when I was growing up. I joined the U.S. Marine Corps when I was 17 and left for Basic Training when I was 18. I am proud I the opportunity to serve.

Education: An Ongoing Curriculum in Life’s Journey

By Jake Leinenkugel, White House Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 

 

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Growing up as a child of the 1950s I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to a wonderful childhood education. The 50s and 60s were an era of seeing America begin big and bold initiatives in interstate highway expansion, the rapid build-up of the post WWII middle class, the beginning of the space program and a revitalization of the importance of education for all Americans. Back then families were the foundation and strengths of our communities. Parents were adamant their sons and daughters were receiving the best education possible. Parent/teacher conferences were the norm. Doing homework and what I called “additional home schooling” by reading or reciting what you learned that day was expected around the dinner table. You were schooled to continue further education after high school or learn a trade, join the military, Peace Corps or begin an immediate vocation. Times have changed.

Applying Lessons Learned from my Focus Forward Fellowship

By Sarah Holm, Army veteran and Washington State University Vancouver student

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As a women veteran, I have found it is rare to meet other women veterans outside of those I’ve served with. When I applied for the Military Family Research Institute’s Focus Forward Fellowship, I was at the point in my education where I wanted to explore other opportunities for educational and personal growth. I had heard about the Fellowship the year prior, but the dates did not align with the program I was about to begin. When I saw the email the following year, I was excited to get the opportunity to apply. I also applied because I felt this Fellowship would help me to intertwine the skills I learned in the military with the skills I have learned through my educational program. When I was accepted, I was delighted to explore higher learning with other people who have served in the military.

  

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