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Applying Lessons Learned from my Focus Forward Fellowship

By Sarah Holm, Army veteran and Washington State University Vancouver student

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As a women veteran, I have found it is rare to meet other women veterans outside of those I’ve served with. When I applied for the Military Family Research Institute’s Focus Forward Fellowship, I was at the point in my education where I wanted to explore other opportunities for educational and personal growth. I had heard about the Fellowship the year prior, but the dates did not align with the program I was about to begin. When I saw the email the following year, I was excited to get the opportunity to apply. I also applied because I felt this Fellowship would help me to intertwine the skills I learned in the military with the skills I have learned through my educational program. When I was accepted, I was delighted to explore higher learning with other people who have served in the military.

How I Grew My Military Network

Student Veterans of America | November 08, 2017

Written by: Jennifer Worhle CT: ESGR - EOD, Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (PBS/NPR) affiliates)

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Why did you volunteer for ESGR?

I chose to volunteer with Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) because I knew it would deepen my connection with every military branch along with helping me develop a greater understanding of MOS's. Being a volunteer of ESGR would also allow me to give back to the ones that serve and protect our country. As of date, I have a better understanding of USERRA and (stay) staying (abreast) knowledgeable with activities that are happening live and in the future.

SVA Calls for 2018 Policy Priorities, We Want Your Input!

Student Veterans of America | October 10, 2017

Written By: Will Hubbard, Vice President of Government Affairs

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Feedback from chapter members is the foundation of our annual policy priorities. Once again, we’re reaching out and asking for your input. Have a complaint or improvement you want to recommend? Let us know what you think should change.

Five policy priorities are listed below. We would like your feedback on these issues and any other recommendations you suggest. Additionally, if you’re especially interested in policy, consider applying for our Policy Liaison Program (PLP) or the VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship for an opportunity to get more involved.

Creating Success on Purpose, Rather than by Happenstance

Student Veterans of America | October 6, 2017

Written By: Travis Bartholomew, Deputy Executive Director and Chief of National Engagement Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

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If there’s one thing my time in the military has highlighted for me, it’s my ability to tolerate just about anything as long as I can mark an end-date on the calendar. I think that’s true for many people who serve, and one of the reasons student veterans are so successful. We recognize our classes and courses for what they are – a means to an end.

Of course, “the end” is as unique as each of us. Many seek a degree or certificate to improve their career opportunities.  Some crave knowledge for knowledge’s sake.  Others have a drive to show themselves and the world they can reach their goals. 

 How Molly, My Service Animal, Changed My Experience As A Student Veteran

Student Veterans of America | September 22, 2017

Written By: Adam LeGrand, SVO Disability Services Liaison, Syracuse University 

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Service Animals save lives and make activities of daily life easier for their human. I have a Medical Service Animal because of my military related injuries – both visible and invisible.  Molly, my Service Animal, became a part of my life two years ago.  Since then, I have been able to do so many things that I never thought possible.  For instance, I was afraid of crowds and public speaking.  Two major things I needed to work through to be where I am today.  I am an active father, friend, student, public speaker, lobbyist, and more – all because of Molly and the support I have received from K9s for Warriors.

  

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