Jones International University is very excited to announce the advent of our own Student Veterans of America chapter. The Student Veterans of America (SVA) is a coalition of student veterans groups from college campuses across the United States. Founded in January of 2008, SVA is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that works to develop new student groups, coordinate between existing student groups, and advocate on behalf of student veterans at the local, state, and national level
Today's veterans face numerous obstacles in their path of attaining a college degree. These challenges range from a missing sense of camaraderie to feeling like an outsider amongst 18 year old traditional students to a lack of understanding by university faculty. When coupled with the visible and invisible wounds of war, a college degree can be an elusive goal for men and women returning from military service. Student Veterans of America (SVA) makes that goal a reality.
SVA is a 501(c)(3) coalition of student veterans groups on college campuses across the globe. These member chapters are the "boots on the ground” that help veterans reintegrate into campus life and succeed academically. Each chapter must be an officially recognized student group by their university or college and provide a peer-to-peer network for veterans who are attending the school. Additionally, chapters often coordinate campus activities, provide pre-professional networking, and generally provide a touchstone for student veterans in higher education.
JIU is excited to partner with SVA and support their mission of providing military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation. JIU’s chapter will be led by Chris Pashane, a JIU grad and Gulf War Veteran. We’ll introduce Chris in more detail in our next blog post.
If you are interested in joining JIU’s Student Veterans of America chapter, visit our LinkedIn group for more information. http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=5100973&trk=groups%2Fmost_recent-r-subgr-subgrpname&goback=%2Egmr_123403