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SVA conference: A student veteran’s perspective

shutterstock_122720824Last month the Student Veterans of America held their annual national conference in Scottsdale, AZ. A group of SVA of National Louis University members attended the conference. In the post below, Trevor Barr, a student veteran at NLU, shares his most memorable “takeaways” from the event and how he and his peers are going to act upon key conference learnings to support the veteran community. …

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Outreach USA connects military community with important spiritual resources

shutterstock_108233207Recently we talked with James Mukoyama, U.S. Army Major General (Retired, 1964-1995) and President of Military Outreach USA, who says that there are an estimated 400,000 veterans who will be returning to civilian life in the coming years, and we need more military-friendly institutions like National Louis University to reach them.

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FAQs for Student Veterans

shutterstock_100193363If you’re a military veteran thinking about starting or returning to college, you likely have many questions –- and might not know where to begin. National Louis University’s Veterans Program has made this step a bit easier for you by sharing a list of many frequently asked questions we receive from student veterans. This is the first of a few FAQ posts, so stay tuned for more!

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2014 SVA National Conference highlights important topics for student veterans: Days 3 & 4

shutterstock_115923901As mentioned in previous posts (Day 1 and Day 2), 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 and second days’ agendas, and now we are outlining the final days of the conference.

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Meet Matthew Allen, a student in the NLU veterans program

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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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2014 SVA National Conference highlights important topics for student veterans

SVA logo 2With the mission to provide military veterans with the resources, support and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation, Student Veterans of America (SVA) is holding their 2014 National Conference. The conference will take place from January 2-5 in Scottsdale, AZ, with the theme of “Pioneering Social Change.”

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Meet Tina Butcher-Johnson, a student in the NLU Veterans Program

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I was born and raised in Aurora, Illinois. I’ve been married for almost 13 years and have four kids – three boys and one girl, ages 6 to 12. Last year we took in my nephew after my sister passed away. I went into the military after high school and served three years in the Army and two years in the National Guard.

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A place to connect with other veterans

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Often resources exist that many people aren’t aware are available, especially for veterans. Best practices for serving student veterans suggest that if a university creates a veterans center, or designated place for veterans to gather, it offers an opportunity for others who have served in the military to feel more connected.

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Meet Claudetta Griffith, a student in the NLU Veterans Program

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I’m a retired veteran who served in the Navy for 22 years. I’m 40 years old, live on the South Side of Chicago and have two grown children. I’m working toward my undergraduate degree and plan to graduate in 2015. I’m currently studying Business Administration and Project Management and am not sure what career track I’ll take. I do know that I’m not going to earn my degree just to have it. I know that I want to be successful and make a positive impact in the community.
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