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Meet Matthew Allen, a student in the NLU veterans program

matthew allen 3Tell us about yourself.

I grew up in State College, PA, near Penn State University. My parents moved us away when I was in high school, and for a while I really was looking for some guidance. The military helped me find that, and now that I’m a student Veteran at National Louis University, I feel like I’ve got another strong advocate. I currently live in Morton Grove. I’m married with three children, ages 9 to 24.

In terms of my military background, in 1992 I entered a special program in the U.S. Army. I was part of artillery and rocket shooting fire missions. My work in the military is difficult to translate into a career in the civilian field. I was told the closest match for me would be as a cartographer, but that didn’t interest me.

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2014 SVA National Conference highlights important topics for student veterans: Day 2

shutterstock_125204504As mentioned in a previous post, the Student Veterans of America (SVA) is holding its 2014 National Conference from January 2-5 in Scottsdale, AZ, with the theme of “Pioneering Social Change.” We shared the first day’s agenda and now will share what will be discussed on Day 2 at the conference. Paul Knudtson, Director of Armed Services Relations for National Louis University’s Veterans Program, will be a panel member on the “Collaborative Communities: Creating a Coalition” panel, and he’ll blog about this opportunity after the conference.

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