What I've Learned As A Veteran-Advocate
Written by: Angela Peacock, 2019 VFW-SVA Legislative Fellow, SVA Student Veteran of the Year Finalist, and 2018-19 President of Washington University in St. Louis Student Veterans Association (WUVets).
Being selected as one of nine Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)- Student Veterans of America (SVA) Legislative Fellows was the experience of a lifetime. We were in town during Jared Lyon’s testimony before a Joint Hearing of the House and Senate’s Veterans Affairs Committees. I wanted to share my perspective of the whole week as a fellow, and my experience as a witness to the SVA testimony presented before Congress.
Dreaming and Doing: A Bridge to Success
SVA sat down to talk with Raytheon Patriot Scholarship recipient Jennifer Hosley to give us an inside look at how the scholarship has impacted her and the life of her family. Jennifer Hosley is a sixth-grade teacher at Alma Middle School in Alabama and Army veteran who epitomizes the success you can achieve by joining an SVA Chapter. While serving as the Student Veterans Organization UAFS-SVA Chapter Vice President from 2014 to 2015, Chapter President from 2015 to 2017 and as Public Relations lead in 2017, Jennifer found opportunities to participate in a variety of programs and services SVA offers to better her chapter, campus, and community. Jennifer attended three SVA Leadership Summits, was a graduate of the 2016 and 2017 Leadership Institutes, was selected as a Raytheon Patriot Scholar in 2017, was a finalist for Student Veteran of the Year in 2018, was a VFW-SVA Legislative Fellow in 2018 and won the National Chapter Business Plan Competition at #NatCon2018.
Rebecca Patterson: My journey to, beyond, and back to SVA
When I began college at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM) after separating from the military, I felt lost. Although I had returned to the state that I grew up in, I was a completely different person than when I left. I was also an adult student near my 30’s on a campus full of traditionally aged students. Luckily, a Student Veterans of America (SVA) chapter had just been established, and the Military and Veterans Resource Center (MAVRC) soon followed. I spent much of my time in MAVRC as a student employee, and eventually became president of the SVA chapter at UWM. I attended my first SVA National Conference in January of 2015, where I met other veterans from across the country.
From Navy Veteran to Financial Advisor at Edward Jones
Jennifer Ward graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. She left for boot camp eight days after 9/11 and served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years. She served on two nuclear aircraft carriers with more than 6,000 people and formed strong relationships, which she compares to the relationships that have been formed at Edward Jones. She described the camaraderie fondly, and how the financial advisors at Edward Jones are there to help each other become better and support each other no matter what.
Where Experience Meets Opportunity Story
Meet Amazon Warrior, Albert Hernandez, who was born and raised in Texas and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps two days after high school graduation. He completed basic and combat training, then went to Basic Warehousing School in Camp Lejeune, NC. While there he developed a strong work ethic and learned leadership principles that helped him advance his military career. He joined Amazon as a Tier 1 associate and was promoted to a Tier 3 in under four months. Amazon asked Albert about his post-military experience and what he wants all transitioning veterans to know.