From SVA Chapter Leader to Veterans Housing Advocate
Student Veterans of America | August 7, 2017

Written By: Andrew McDermott

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Formerly a Navy Corpsman, I am currently following my passion for entrepreneurship and health by majoring in Healthcare Management at Shenandoah University. When I first arrived at Shenandoah, they did not have an active student veteran organization. So, with the help of a highly motivated team, I was able to establish a student veteran presence on campus, become affiliated with SVA, and secure our first veteran resource center. I first served in the capacity of president of our SVA chapter, but am now serving as a student advisor after passing on the presidential duties.

Improve Your Resume and Transform Your Career
Student Veterans of America | August 7, 2017

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A well-crafted resume is a powerful tool that can accelerate your career journey. SVA continues to partner with VMock, a powerful 24-7 online resume review tool that can help you ensure that your resume both reads right and looks right. VMock leverages technologies that include data science, machine learning, and natural language processing to provide instant, personalized feedback on your resume based on criteria gathered from employers and global best practices. This platform provides SVA members specifically with:

• Exclusive SVA resume templates based on your area of study.

• Line-by-line guidance to reflect your military roles and achievements.

• Suggestions to bring out your soft skills that were developed during the military experience.

• Opportunity to connect with the larger veteran community for virtual resume feedback.

How #ForeverGIBill and STEM Can Bridge the Civilian-Military Divide 
Student Veterans of America | July 26, 2017

Written By: Adam Behrendt

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I am an undergraduate student veteran pursuing a degree in math at Stanford University. I was formerly a special-operations corpsman (medic), Navy Enlisted Classification 8403, having enlisted in October 2007, at the height of US involvement in the post-9/11 conflicts, and serving until I was medically retired in March 2015. I spent four of my seven years supporting reconnaissance operations in Southeast Asia.

I am also a volunteer for Service to School, a 501(c)(3) non-profit that works to ensure veterans draw maximum value from their educational benefits by gaining admission to the best universities possible.

The Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017, part of Forever GI Bill, addresses two of the Post-9/11 GI Bill's shortcomings, removing the 15-year time limit on entitlement use and providing additional funding for veterans in STEM programs requiring in excess of the standard 128 semester credit hours to complete.

How Google's Resume Workshop Gave Me Fresh Perspective 
Student Veterans of America | July 21, 2017

Written By: Maureen Elias

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A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to go to Google's office in Washington, DC, for a Veteran Resume Workshop. I have to admit, walking in was quite nostalgic. Last year, one week after the Bowie State University Student Veterans Association became a chapter of Student Veterans of America (SVA), I was in this same location, in this same room at the SVA Leadership Summit (now SVA Chapter Leadership Academy) to learn all about creating a business plan and elevating our chapter to greater heights. At that time, my leadership opportunities had been limited and I was completely intimidated and overwhelmed. Now, I was back at Google DC but for a whole other purpose. I was there as a soon to be graduate looking to shape my resume into something that will make me an exceptional candidate and help me find employment at a company that aligns with my value system and career aspirations.

#ForeverGIBill FAQ's
Student Veterans of America | July 20, 2017

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As the #ForeverGIBill continues to gain traction and move forward through Congress, we have been receiving questions and wanted to take the opportunity to bring some clarity about the bill. Below are our answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Does taking away the 15 year limit apply to all veterans?


The termination of the 15 year delimiting date applies to those who were discharged on or after Jan 1, 2013. While we wish this provision in the current legislation would apply to all veterans, the cost was beyond the reach of current resources. Our commitment to ensuring future generations have the best benefit possible includes removing this cap for those individuals. 


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