How Presenting At NatCon Changed My Experience as a Student Veteran
Student Veterans of America | June 15, 2017

Written By: Ms. Becky Patterson, Strategic Engagement Coordinator

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Last November, Kiersten Downs asked me to join her panel, Women Student Veterans: Taking the Lead at the 2017 National Conference. I abhor public speaking and knew I would be nervous, but I also realized the importance of sharing my voice. So terrified, I said yes.

My role at the National Conference snowballed from there, and I ended up leading three sessions in addition to sitting on Kiersten's panel. It. Was. Empowering. By the time the awards banquet rolled around on Saturday night, I was on a high that I didn't come down from for nearly a month. Despite my nerves, I was able to present multiple times on topics that were important to me.

Recognizing and Building the Transferability of Your Military Experience

Student Veterans of America | May 26, 2017

Written By: VMock Thinks

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Change is the only constant. This is a fact that takes some getting used to. For veterans transitioning into the corporate world from fast-paced military environments, this is a relatively bigger fact. The decision to separate brings with it certain challenges that need to be navigated before you make the move to a civilian job. Some challenges stem from underlying perceptions like the impression that military personnel without any prior civilian work experience are a risky resource choice. Then there is the cultural roadblock that veterans would not be able to discern the exact requirements of a civilian job. The task of translating military experience, skills and accomplishments in a language that has wide acceptance can also be quite daunting. You need to draw on the numerous experiences you have lived while serving in the forces to trace your core skills, values, interests and passions. In addition, you need to reflect on the skills that you had built during a previous civilian work stint and any additional academic qualifications that you had earned along the way.

SVA on the Road: University of New Mexico, Central New Mexico Community College, Santa Fe Community College
Student Veterans of America | May 25, 2017

Written By: Mr. Eric Gage, Director of Programs

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I recently had the privilege of traveling to New Mexico to speak at the New Mexico Higher Education Veteran Resource Center Summit, hosted by the State of New Mexico VA, along with groups of veteran resource directors from around the state. The event took place in Albuquerque, and had many local and national veteran organizations represented, as well as leaders from campuses across the state. While on campus, chapter leaders and I had the honor of meeting with different campus, community, and state officials to discuss improving campus communities for student veterans.

A GI Bill Serving Future Veterans Shouldn't Take a Lifetime to Implement
Student Veterans of America | May 17, 2017
Written By: Mr. Ian Hourican, Policy Associate

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With the "indefinite postponement" of the House and Senate legislative hearing on the Forever GI Bill which would have benefitted thousands of veterans, it is important that you understand the consequences of this decision. The U.S. missed out on an enormous opportunity to give back to service members who have already given so much. While many are disappointed with this news, there is still hope as Student Veterans of America (SVA) continue to fight for an enduring GI Bill that will forever serve and benefit veterans.

8 Badass Student Veteran Moms that You Need to Know About this Mother’s Day
Student Veterans of America | May 12, 2017

This Sunday, we celebrate mothers across the country, and here at SVA, we particularly celebrate those student veteran moms who are juggling college, being a mother and often a part or full-time job! What we know from our research is that 23% of the student veterans who are graduating using the GI Bill are women, compared to the 16-18% currently serving. We also know that almost half of student veterans are parents, with more than 16% being single parents. As we celebrate the resilience and success of student veteran moms across the country, we want to showcase these eight incredible student veteran moms and share their advice for their fellow student veteran moms.

Rachael Arthur:
Army veteran currently pursuing a degree in a psychology at Southern Oregon University.

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Her advice to other student veteran moms:

The advice I would give to other veteran mothers pursuing their degrees is to get involved with your campus veteran service organizations. My life is overrun by my children's needs; the activities and comradery I get from SVA and other veterans is unparalleled. I am able to feel like I have a life outside my home and the members of my campus' SVA are my family, they give me the support I need and a real sense of belonging. Most the veterans on my campus are parents as well, so our events tend to be family friendly, which is incredibly important to someone like me who is trying to raise children on my own and go to school full-time. Most importantly, things are going to get rough, they always do at some point. Don't give up, you will make it through and your children will watch you triumph. They will see your difficulties and see you succeed, this will help them later in life. They will look to your leadership. Don't give up!


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