SVA's Fight to Protect 35,000 Student Veterans from Losing GI Bill Benefits
Written by: Derek Fronabarger, Director of Policy, Student Veterans of America

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For the past few months Student Veterans of America has worked diligently in passing a Bill to protect students from the pending ACICS closings. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) was being considered by the Department of Education for de-recondition. If this happened, 35,000 student veterans attending these schools would be unable to receive GI Bill benefits at over 236 individual schools.

Financial Readiness: Critical to the Mission
Written by: Jeff Cathey, Senior Military Affairs Executive, Bank of America

Service members who are transitioning to civilian life face a flurry of financial questions: How can I get the most out of the GI Bill; what’s the best way to obtain a mortgage; where will I get health insurance; and what do I need to know about taxes? Financial issues are a key part of transition and rate among service members’ top concerns, according to a recent survey from Blue Star Families. 

 

Fortunately, resources are available to answer these questions and ease some of the uncertainty that comes with making the leap from Active Duty service to the civilian workforce.
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Participating in the above Financial Rediness Panel are Lewis Runnion, public policy director with Bank of America’s Military Affairs team, Vivian Greentree, Ph.D., head of Military and Veteran Affairs at First Data, Phillip Carter, director of the Military, Veterans and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security,and Brigadier General Belinda Pinckney,U.S. Army (Ret), CEO, BHP Consulting, LLC and the treasurer of the Army Women’s Foundation

At Bank of America, we want to ensure people have access to the knowledge and resources they need to make financial decisions with confidence. Through our partnership with the non-profit Khan Academy, we provide BetterMoneyHabits.com, a free education resource that pairs Khan Academy’s expertise in online learning with our financial know-how to deliver simple, easy-to-understand information on a wide range of personal finance topics.

Accessing Elite Undergraduate Programs 
Written by: Peter Kiernan, President of the Ivy League Veterans Council
 

The Ivy League Veterans Council is actually an effort inspired from the Student Veterans of America Leadership Summit I attended in New York City in 2015. At the Leadership Summit, SVA brought together the student veterans leaders from universities all over the region in one room to share best practices and teach the chapters how to further develop. The model was so successful we decided to emulate it for the Ivy League Veterans Council. Because of the selective nature of elite universities, most student veteran groups at these universities face unique challenges furthering veteran issues on their campuses, mainly getting more veterans to their schools. In 2015 we brought together student veterans leaders from the Ivy League universities to get a better understanding of the issues at selective universities, share best practices, and figure out how to help each other. We came away from that meeting with a mission statement, a charter for our new organization, and a better understanding of the problem.

Pete Kiernan at the 2015 SVA Leadership Summit in New York

Peter Kiernan at the 2015 SVA Leadership Summit in New York.

SVA on the Road: Sheridan College
Student Veterans of America | September 2, 2016
Written by: Eric Gage, Student Veterans of America's Director of Chapter Services

Sheridan College is a small two-year school in rural Wyoming. They have a motivated SVA Chapter on campus, known as SVA@SC.

SVA@SC has strong chapter leaders, active chapter members, engaged campus staff and administrators, a local foundation who they partner with for extra funding, as well as a quality relationship with the regional VA medical facility down the road.

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SVA's Director of Chapter Services, Eric Gage horseback  as he visits Sheridan College
for the New Student Orientation and Leadership Development Weekend.

On July 23rd and 24th I had the honor of attending and speaking at an event hosted by SVA@SC. The event was hosted at "Spear-O-Wigwam", a beautiful and remote mountain campus that is maintained by the Wyoming Community College system. The event was a new student orientation and leadership development weekend. We spent the day enjoying activities like canoeing, hiking, and horseback riding. I also spent time working with the chapter's leaders on developing their chapter. The topics we worked on to improve their chapter included the on campus veterans house used to help veterans transition to campus, their upcoming annual color fun run fundraiser (one of their largest events each fall), the "General's Wagon" - a chapter owned food truck used to raise funds for the chapter and increase organization visibility in the community, as well as many other programs the chapter provides.

ITT Tech and The Art Institute: Why Student Veterans Should Be Cautious

Student Veterans of America | September 2, 2016

Written by: Derek Fronabarger, Student Veterans of America's Director of Policy and Christina Giordano, Student Veterans of America's Policy Associate

  • What de-accreditation of ACICS means for the 200+ institutions with 800+ locations, including ITT Tech and Art Institute
  • Why the 35,000 Student Veterans attending these schools need a backup plan
  • What SVA is doing and what is going on in Congress 
    ITT Tech and The Art Institute Why Student Veterans should be Cautious

  

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