Student Veterans of America was formed in January 2008 and is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. SVA was created when several young veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan traded their helmets and rifles for backpacks and notebooks, but found the resources available on campus were severely inadequate. They realized the problem was systemic, rather than particular to their campuses, and decided something needed to be done to help young veterans realize their goal of a successful college education after honorable military service.
- Help veterans enroll in higher education and ensure they ensure they utilize their educational benefits
- Develop student veteran groups on college and university campuses and coordinate by region between existing groups
- Provide resources to student veterans and college administrations to support veterans in their transition from military service to college campus. Furthermore, SVA is a unifying voice for veterans in higher education on the state and national level. Veterans are typically non traditional students and represent a fraction of the enrollment totals within many higher education institutions, yet bring diverse life experiences and knowledge to higher education which can create more robust campuses.
Over 520,000 veterans are currently using their education benefits. Many of these veterans have founded local student veterans organizations on college campuses to provide peer-to-peer networks for veterans attending those institutions of higher education.
Student veterans organizations coordinate a wide range of campus activities.
These activities include, but are not limited to:
• Informal social meetings that serve as peer support groups
• Benefits seminars and counseling in conjunction with other organizations
• Publication of newsletters and brochures
• Local service projects and volunteer work
• Pre-professional networking
These local peer support groups are an important part of ensuring that every veteran is ultimately successful in higher education.
Source: National website http://www.studentveterans.org