Each March, SVA’s policy and advocacy priorities are formally published through a series of events around Capitol Hill, the White House, and executive branch departments and agencies.
Components of Washington Week
Higher Education Symposium
As a thought-leader on the intersectionality between veterans issues and higher education, SVA is committed to student veterans leading the way for all post-traditional students. Past topics include:
- Student Daily Life & Policy
- 90-10 in 2020: Closing the Loophole
- Quality and Innovation: Emerging Trends for Good
- Data in 2020: A Look Ahead
Joint House & Senate Testimony
Student Veterans of America is invited annually to deliver testimony in front of a Joint House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. This provides the opportunity to highlight issues students present throughout the year. This testimony marks the delivery of our annual policy priorities to congress.
Legislative Liaison Fellowship
Student veterans interested in applying for the fellowship first complete an application package that includes an essay proposal on one of four specific legislative issues listed below. The proposal includes a discussion of why the issue is important to the veteran community, and how the fellowship candidate plans to address the issue through federal policy solutions and community-based advocacy. Selected fellows are flown to Washington to ensure the veterans’ voice is delivered to Capitol Hill during Washington Week.
- Student veteran success on campus and beyond
- Improving veterans’ health care and benefits
- Transition from military to civilian life
- Challenges for service members and military families
Watch SVA’s 2020 Testimony to Congress
SVA’s Annual Policy Priorities are developed in partnership with student veterans and military-affiliated students from around the country. Our government affairs team works with students to take issues from the grassroots to Congress.