SVA Commemorates National Volunteer Month
Student Veterans of America | April 21, 2017
April is National Volunteer Month, a month dedicated to honoring volunteers in our communities as well as encouraging volunteerism throughout the year. This week concludes a very important year of service for several AmeriCorp VISTA members here at Student Veterans of America's National Headquarters. For Karin Buck, Kedryn Berrian, and Jonathan Granata, we celebrate their incredible contribution to SVA. To honor their year of service, we sat down with them to discuss the past year and learned what they have planned for the future. Here's what they had to say, in their own words:
My AmeriCorps VISTA term with SVA has taught me a lot about veterans in higher education. While serving, I became more aware of the challenges that many veterans in the classroom face, such as the adjustment to academia, the lack of support from others, and their overall experience while in college. Whether interacting with chapter leaders and advisors via email, phone, or in-person, I was always inspired and encouraged by the stories they shared with me and my colleagues. My VISTA term at SVA will be an experience that I will always remember and cherish, and I am thankful to be able to meet so many successful and humble individuals in higher education. I will be continuing my involvement in the student veteran community while attending graduate school at Brandeis University, and hope to be able attend NatCon 2018.
Serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA brought its own set of unique challenges and an incredible amount of reward. I have been very fortunate to work with not only an incredible constituent group, but incredible colleagues as well. Throughout the course of the past year, I have become very passionate about my work at SVA and am looking forward to continuing my journey with the SVA Team as a Program Associate.
My year as a Development Specialist at Student Veterans of America has allowed me to continue my service to student veterans from an increasingly influential national platform. My year at SVA has also given me the chance to complete my Master's Degree at the George Washington University, where I grew as a student veteran, a mentor, a professional, and as a person. Thanks to my year at SVA HQ, I met corporate champions from leading companies, and I am proud to say that I just fulfilled a dream of mine by accepting an offer from the consulting firm and SVA sponsor, Accenture. I look forward to turning this past year at SVA into a lifetime of service to my fellow veterans.
We wish Kedryn, Karin, and Jon the best in their next chapter, and thank them for the meaningful impact that they've had on the 1.1 million student veterans currently in higher education. At SVA we're grateful to all the people like them who volunteer in support of student veterans! #WeAreSVA