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 form military service. Student Veterans of America (SVA) makes that goal a reality.
SVA is a coalition of student veterans groups on college veterans groups on college campuses across the globe. These member chapters are the "boots on ground" that help veterans reintegrate into campus life and succeed academically. Each chapter must be an officially recognized student group by their university, college, or 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.
From 2008 through 210, the SVA focused on expanding and supporting the network of chapters. This included assisting in the development of new chapters, while also supporting existing ones. The result was an astonishing growth rate for SVA. Much of 2011, was dedicated to organizational restructuring and program maturation. This was done in conjunction with the Bridge span group, a non-profit consulting firm that was generously funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The end result of this process is a flexible, efficient operational model that will ensure SVA's programs and resources have maximum impact in the lives of student veterans.
Student Veterans of America(SVA) Mission
Generally promote communication and interaction among veterans in order tot encourage veterans helping veterans.
Sponsor organizational operations that promote veterans helping veterans and social events and networking opportunities that include family, loved ones, and veterans supporters.
Plan and support events that will aid in the recognition of national holiday and members if the armed forces.
To provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.