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!

Reflections on My Time as a Chapter Leader   
Student Veterans of America | May 4, 2017
Written By: Mr. Joey Scott, President Emeritus, Memphis Student Veterans Organization

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As I prepare to graduate in a few days, I wanted to share my experience as a student veteran. When I got out of the Army in December 2015, I was possibly the most nervous person in the world. You see, I served for seven years and had become, as one might say, institutionalized. I didn't know where I would go, what I would do and then I said "why not?" and enrolled at the University of Memphis. My name is Joey Scott, and I had the pleasure of serving as the President of UofM SVA throughout the past year. I will soon be graduating, and would be remiss if I didn't take the time to spread the gospel of how UofM is crushing it in the veteran education game.

SVA Commemorates National Volunteer Month  
Student Veterans of America | April 21, 2017

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April is National Volunteer Month, a month dedicated to honoring volunteers in our communities as well as encouraging volunteerism throughout the year. This week concludes a very important year of service for several AmeriCorp VISTA members here at Student Veterans of America's National Headquarters. For Karin Buck, Kedryn Berrian, and Jonathan Granata, we celebrate their incredible contribution to SVA. To honor their year of service, we sat down with them to discuss the past year and learned what they have planned for the future. Here's what they had to say, in their own words:

How I Discovered Student Veterans of America  
Student Veterans of America | April 14, 2017
Written By: Mr. Eric Gage, Director of Programs

My journey started long before I joined the staff two years ago, this April.

I joined the military right out of high school. I was in basic training on September 11th 2001, sitting in a class called "Anti-Terrorism" when everything changed. I joined a peacetime military and by the time I exited basic training members of my Air Guard Unit were already activated and there was talk of deploying. During the next few years, my hand went up every time there was an ask for volunteers. I spent more than 6 years of my 12 years in the Guard activated and deployed many times.

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Between deployments I struggled to work out what to do with my life, knowing that another deployment could happen at any moment. I struggled to make the decisions needed to move forward with my life. In time, some people I was close to encouraged me to give college a try. I had never been a great student in high school and never had an interest in pursuing higher education, but with access to the GI Bill I saw it as a way to pay the bills and keep me out of trouble until the next activation came along. I stated taking classes at a satellite campus though the University of South Dakota (USD). I quickly learned that the skills I picked up in the military made me a much better student than I had ever been in the past. After a few semesters on the satellite campus and a few breaks for activation, it was time for me to start taking classes on the main campus of USD. I found a carpool to make the hour-long drive from my home to campus. During the second week of of my first semester on campus, while waiting for my carpool to head home I saw a poster that caught my eye. It was made by hand and looked a little rough, and was taped to a wall in a place that things weren't to be hung. It was advertising a GI Bill Forum and was hosted by the USD Veterans Club.

How Run as One Impacted Me
Student Veterans of America | April 7, 2017
Written By: Mr. Eric Gage, Director of Programs

On April 1st I had the honor of taking part in Run as One DC. Run as One took place in more than 100 locations across the country, bringing together 7 different veterans organizations and their members. I took part with some other members or the SVA staff, my wife, son and dog as well as about 200 other people who were willing to get up early on a cool and wet Saturday morning.

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SVA's Jared Lyon, Mark McKenna and Eric Gage, along with pup Eleanor at Run as One DC.


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