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On Monday, August 5 the University of Southern California Veterans Association (USCVA), a chapter of Student Veterans of America (SVA), announced General David H. Petraeus (U.S. Army, Retired) as their new Faculty Advisor for the 2013-2014 academic year.
"It is important to have a faculty advisor that understands the challenges of student veterans on campus," said Keith Williams, president of the USC Veterans Association and Juris Doctor candidate at the Gould School of Law. "We have a strong advocate for student veterans and veterans at-large with General Petraeus."
"Chapter advisors have the great challenge and opportunity to implement positive changes on campus for the betterment of current and future student veterans," said Michael Dakduk, executive director of Student Veterans of America. "They often act as the liaison between veterans and university administrators, working to implement student veteran initiated programs.I commend General Petraeus for taking on the important role of SVA chapter advisor."
General Petraeus has recently accepted the position of Judge Widney Professor at the University of Southern California, and during his recent visit to USC he expressed his desire to continue working with the servicemen and women of the U.S. Armed Forces as they transition from the battlefield to the classroom.
"I encourage veteran faculty and administrators to follow General Petraeus' lead and get involved with their school's SVA chapter," said Dakduk. "Their mentorship and advice is an invaluable asset to student veteran groups on campus."
About Student Veterans of America
SVA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit coalition of over 850 student veteran organizations on college campuses globally. SVA's mission is to provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.