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The Top Five Benefits of Being a Part of an SVA Chapter
Written By: Adam LeGrand, USAF Ret. (medical)
University: Student Veterans Organization at Syracuse University
Chapter Title: President
There are many benefits to being a Student Veteran, and even more by being an active member of an SVA Chapter. My personal top five reasons to being an active chapter member are:
Onboarding into campus and the SVO Family
Each semester, Syracuse University comes together for pre-orientation events that our new students and their families are welcomed to attend. The partnerships on campus include the host Hendricks Chapel, Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, Office of Veteran Success and the SVO. Presentations and meals are shared – welcoming student veterans and their families. The Veteran Resource Fair held a few days later offer further opportunities to network with all of the resources available at the university. The SVO has a table staffed by current officers, members and Peer Advisors for Veterans Education (PAVE).
There are many resources available through Syracuse University, but the most valuable resources, in my opinion, are my fellow Student Veterans. The PAVE and Disabled Student Veteran Liaison Programs enriched my experience by connecting me with fellow Student Veterans, resulting in deeper bonds; just hanging out with my fellow chapter members in the lounge helped me feel at home. These deeper bonds encouraged me to be more involved. Student Veterans of America’s research is true! The more active I became in my chapter, the better my grades got.
SVO at Syracuse University has many events for enrichment that are afforded to chapter members. There is a dedicated staff member who assists Student Veterans through resume guidance, LinkedIn success, job searches, employer networking receptions and even trips to NYC and Washington D.C. to explore career opportunities; these SVA events with SVO Chapters enabled success beyond the classroom.
My chapter is committed to the empowerment and enrichment of student veterans and their families. We hold events each month as opportunities for chapter members to come together outside the classroom. Continuing our mission to serve includes activities within our communities, such as: veteran cemetery cleanups, Habitat for Humanity builds, care package drives for deployed servicemen and servicewomen, food pantry drives and working with local veteran service organizations.
It’s been said that networking is a part of the success in life. By networking with fellow student veterans within our chapter, other chapters and from events held on and off campus, your personal and professional networks grow! In addition to on-campus support, being a SVA Chapter Member allows you access to the SVA Leadership Institute, SVA and VFW Legislative Fellowship and, my personal favorite: SVA NatCon! Networking at NatCon and with other Student Veterans has helped me decide my path in life.
Join the Student Veterans of America Member Network where you will discover fellow leaders on colleges across the country who are committed to empowering the veterans community through the transformative effect of higher education.
Establish a chapter at your school to connect you with thousands of student veterans across the country and gives you access to tools and resources to better support fellow student veterans on your campus.