How Last Year's SVA Leadership Institute Changed My Student Veteran Experience

Written by: Kristen Robinson, Graduate Student at University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she studies Conflict Management and Resolution. Robinson also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

My first interaction with Student Veterans of America was at the 2015 National Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Since then I have become very involved with my university's student veteran organization, UNCW VETS, and our military-affiliated community. Last summer I had the amazing opportunity to attend a Leadership Summit in Charlotte, North Carolina and then the Leadership Institute in Savannah, Georgia. I met so many amazing people at these events and stay in contact with them so we can learn from one another and improve our organizations. The breakout sessions were incredibly helpful and taught us all how to become better leaders, students, and people in general. Through these experiences I have learned to stay positive and look for solutions rather than just pointing out problems. We see a lot of that in the veteran community, but if we can take those lessons back to our schools and teach others what we have learned, then we need to do so. Some people believe that veterans are looking for handouts or sympathy but through these events I have met the people who can and will change the face of the veteran community and how the world views us.

Looking Back at the Houston SVA Leadership Summit

Written by: Khymberly Booth Director, US University Relations, BP America

Wow! We got to spend an amazing three days with our friends from Student Veterans of America.

In case you haven't heard, 50 student veterans recently gathered in Houston for this summer's third installment of the SVA Leadership Summit. Representing 21 different college campuses, it seemed perfectly fitting to bring these dynamic and driven leaders to the energy capital of the United States! And energized they were.

SVA Celebrates the 72nd Anniversary of the GI Bill

Today marks the 72nd anniversary of the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, also commonly called the GI Bill of Rights. And today after the passage of successive GI Bills following the Korean War, Vietnam and most recently, the post 9/11 version; it is now known simply as the new GI Bill. These GI Bills represent critically important legislative successes for America's service members, veterans, survivors, and their families.

SVA's Response to the NYT Op-Ed “Veterans Deserve a Chance in College, Not a Free Pass”

Earlier this month SVA, Warrior-Scholar Project, and Service to School responded to a New York Times article in a letter to the editor. It wasn't published, but we think it is important enough to publish openly here.

We write today in response to the op-ed by Mr. Alexander McCoy, "Veterans Deserve a Chance in College, Not a Free Pass." Most simply stated, Student Veterans of America, Service to School, and Warrior Scholar Project do not believe ACE recommendations are at the root of the predatory college problem student veterans face. We further believe Mr. McCoy's piece inadvertently and unintentionally both devalues military training and education and does a disservice to veterans pursuing higher education by suggesting colleges and universities should not accept prior learning transfer credits.

SVA Alumnus highlights value of SVA chapters participating in the Leadership Institute Series

Written by Anthony Paolino, Military & Veteran’s Affairs, General Dynamics Electric Boat


General Dynamics Electric Boat is thrilled to host the first SVA Local Leadership Summit of 2016 from June 2-4 in Warwick, Rhode Island. Warwick has the second largest population of veterans in Rhode Island, is home to a many veterans service organizations and is a leader in veterans services. The month of May is exciting, with so many waterfront businesses, amazing restaurants and many attractions just a short distance away. We may be the smallest state around, but we do a great job at packing many great opportunities in a small commute!



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