From SVA Chapter Leader to Veterans Housing Advocate
Student Veterans of America | August 7, 2017
Written By: Andrew McDermott
Formerly a Navy Corpsman, I am currently following my passion for entrepreneurship and health by majoring in Healthcare Management at Shenandoah University. When I first arrived at Shenandoah, they did not have an active student veteran organization. So, with the help of a highly motivated team, I was able to establish a student veteran presence on campus, become affiliated with SVA, and secure our first veteran resource center. I first served in the capacity of president of our SVA chapter, but am now serving as a student advisor after passing on the presidential duties.
During my time at Shenandoah, I cofounded Honor Homes, Inc., a start-up that provides resources, such as low-cost student housing and mental health support, in order to prevent homelessness and suicide in the veteran community. The number of veterans committing suicide is too high and it is unacceptable. This is personal to me, as I have struggled with suicide and have lost too many friends to this disease.
Currently, at Honor Homes, Inc. we are developing a mobile platform, similar to Airbnb and Craigslist, that will allow veterans to find the best housing options for them and their families. We hope that veterans will use this platform to find and support each other through shared housing and by creating a peer-support network.
To learn more about the organization, visit www.honorhomes.co or check us out on LinkedIn!