Student Veterans of America (SVA) is the country’s premier organization for student veterans. SVA supports all veterans through their transition from the military, educational advancement, and career growth. SVA represents a network of 1,500 chapters on campuses in all 50 states and four countries representing over 700,000 student veterans at those colleges and universities. SVA is Gold Certified by Guide Star and was named Non-Profit of the Year by HillVets.
SVA chapters are the "boots on the ground" that help veterans reintegrate into campus life and succeed academically. Each chapter is an officially recognized student group by their university or college, and provides a peer-to-peer network for veterans who are attending the school. Additionally, chapters coordinate campus activities, offer pre-professional networking, and generally provide a touchstone for student veterans in higher education.
SVA chapters are open to all those committed to creating supportive veteran campuses. Groups are comprised of pre- and post-9/11 veterans, civilians, and military dependents.
The presence of student veteran organizations has been cited as a best practice for military-friendly schools by the American Council on Education and RAND Corporation. The peer-to-peer support, which SVA chapters offer, has been linked to academic success for student veterans.