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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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Important services for military veterans returning to college

helping hand 1Many people ask what sets National Louis University’s Veterans Program apart from others. One of the biggest differentiators is its “wrap around” services. NLU understands that military veterans have many considerations, beyond academics, when returning to college and does its best to support them.

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What does Veterans Day mean to you?

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National Louis University salutes all military veterans who have served and continue to serve our country. Veterans Day is a public holiday held on the anniversary of the end of World War I (November 11) to honor U.S. veterans and victims of all wars. In recognition of the importance of Veterans Day, we asked one of our student veterans, “What does Veterans Day mean to you?”

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Key considerations when identifying a military-friendly college or university

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For just about anything we do these days, there’s a list of frequently asked questions that most of us research before pursuing a specific decision or action. However, it’s not often that there is a list of those questions that are NOT asked frequently, but SHOULD BE. With this in mind, below is a list of non-frequently asked questions for military veterans pursuing their degree. These questions will provide you with additional insight into elements of your higher education that you should consider when searching for a “veteran-friendly” college or university.
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Meet Rojah Wilkerson, a student in the NLU Veterans Program

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I’m originally from St. Louis, and currently live in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. I’m 24 years old. After I completed my undergraduate degree, I joined the U.S. Navy and was active for more than one year. Now I serve in the Navy Reserves. I recently enrolled at National Louis University and am pursuing a Masters in Science and Written Communication. I have about 1.5 years until I earn my degree. When I graduate, I’d like to pursue publishing and be a book editor or work in the public relations field.
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