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Education: An Ongoing Curriculum in Life’s Journey

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



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


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.

How I Grew My Military Network

Student Veterans of America | November 08, 2017

Written by: Jennifer Worhle CT: ESGR - EOD, Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (PBS/NPR) affiliates)

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Jennifer Worhle


Why did you volunteer for ESGR?

I chose to volunteer with Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) because I knew it would deepen my connection with every military branch along with helping me develop a greater understanding of MOS's. Being a volunteer of ESGR would also allow me to give back to the ones that serve and protect our country. As of date, I have a better understanding of USERRA and (stay) staying (abreast) knowledgeable with activities that are happening live and in the future.

SVA Calls for 2018 Policy Priorities, We Want Your Input!

Student Veterans of America | October 10, 2017

Written By: Will Hubbard, Vice President of Government Affairs

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Feedback from chapter members is the foundation of our annual policy priorities. Once again, we’re reaching out and asking for your input. Have a complaint or improvement you want to recommend? Let us know what you think should change.

Five policy priorities are listed below. We would like your feedback on these issues and any other recommendations you suggest. Additionally, if you’re especially interested in policy, consider applying for our Policy Liaison Program (PLP) or the VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship for an opportunity to get more involved.

Creating Success on Purpose, Rather than by Happenstance

Student Veterans of America | October 6, 2017

Written By: Travis Bartholomew, Deputy Executive Director and Chief of National Engagement Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

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If there’s one thing my time in the military has highlighted for me, it’s my ability to tolerate just about anything as long as I can mark an end-date on the calendar. I think that’s true for many people who serve, and one of the reasons student veterans are so successful. We recognize our classes and courses for what they are – a means to an end.

Of course, “the end” is as unique as each of us. Many seek a degree or certificate to improve their career opportunities.  Some crave knowledge for knowledge’s sake.  Others have a drive to show themselves and the world they can reach their goals. 


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