How Student Veterans of America and the GI Bill Set Me Up for Success
Student Veterans of America | June 28, 2017
Written By: Ms. Fontaine Wilson, Navy Veteran and Former SVA Chapter Leader
I am a Post-9/11 veteran. I served six years in the United States Navy as a Nuclear Machinist Mate onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71). I was able to travel the world while completing 2 deployments to the Persian Gulf. While traveling has always been my passion, the real reason I joined the Navy was the opportunity to earn a college education without the debt. It would not have been possible without the Post 9/11 GI Bill and a supportive community backing me along the way.
Who #ForeverGIBill Impacts
Student Veterans of America | June 27, 2017
Student Veterans of America is seeking a Forever GI Bill for all future generations of veterans. Service members don't decide when they get sent to war, so war shouldn't decide if veterans can go to school, which is why we believe that it's critical to end the expiration date on a benefit veterans earned, and not tie it to a conflict status. We need to improve and expand the benefit for veterans and survivors who earned the GI Bill but are being left out. SVA, with the support of partners like Got Your 6, the American Legion, TAPS, VFW, and many more seek to:
• Extend the Yellow Ribbon Program to recipients of the Fry Scholarship.
• Award Purple Heart recipients GI Bill eligibility regardless of active duty time served.
• Ensure National Guard and Reserve Members get the same benefits as those they served on active duty with.
• Restore benefits lost at schools that closed.
• Provide additional time to use the GI Bill to empowering students pursuing STEM degrees.
• End the arbitrary 15-year time limit to use the GI Bill, making it a lifetime benefit to be used at any age.
These small changes can make a huge impact. The below individuals share in their own words details of their service, and how they have been impacted by their limited access to the GI Bill in its current form.
It was an honor to deploy to Fallujah in 2006 and take part in the mission, which I still believe in after all these years. Coming home and continuing my education was; however, not what I expected. My active duty days were counted as points towards education, regardless of the days I was shot at, and had bombs explode underneath me. And given my Purple Heart, the obsession with days accrued versus deeds done, and blood spilled, is truthfully criminal.
Jonathan Richard Goldman
Marine Reservist, Purple Heart Recipient
11 Student Veteran Dads You’ll Want to Hear from this Father’s Day!
Student Veterans of America | June 16, 2017
This Sunday, we celebrate dads across the country, and at SVA, we particularly celebrate those student veterans who are juggling college, being a dad, while often working a part or full-time job. What we know from our research is that almost half of student veterans are parents while in school and more than 16% of those are single parents. This weekend, as we celebrate student veteran dads, we want to showcase these eleven dads who are past or present student veterans. Here they share with you, their advice for their fellow student veteran dads.
Marine Corps Veteran • Recently earned his BA, Public Health at University of Washington,
His Advice: Ensure your children are part of the college experience. Taking my kids to football games and gymnastics meets have produced lasting memories. When I think about the late nights and early mornings sacrificed away from my family, it is always nice to know my children and I share the memories of attending fun events cheering on my fellow college students.
Three Ways to Make Your NatCon Proposal a Winner
Student Veterans of America | June 16, 2017
Written By: Mr. Barrett Bogue, Vice President, Public Relations and Digital Engagement
SVA will hold its 10th Annual National Conference January 4 – 6, 2018 in San Antonio, TX at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. The Conference will bring together student veterans, alumni, higher education personnel, researchers, stakeholders and policymakers from around the country to share information and network. This year's theme is, Defining Our Future. As the deadline nears for #NatCon2018 proposal submissions, we decided sit down with SVA's own Barrett Bogue and get his take on what makes for a winning proposal. Here's what he had to say!
How Presenting At NatCon Changed My Experience as a Student Veteran
Student Veterans of America | June 15, 2017
Written By: Ms. Becky Patterson, Strategic Engagement Coordinator
Last November, Kiersten Downs asked me to join her panel, Women Student Veterans: Taking the Lead at the 2017 National Conference. I abhor public speaking and knew I would be nervous, but I also realized the importance of sharing my voice. So terrified, I said yes.
My role at the National Conference snowballed from there, and I ended up leading three sessions in addition to sitting on Kiersten's panel. It. Was. Empowering. By the time the awards banquet rolled around on Saturday night, I was on a high that I didn't come down from for nearly a month. Despite my nerves, I was able to present multiple times on topics that were important to me.