Advocating for student veterans was on the minds of four National Louis University students when they traveled to San Antonio, Texas to attend the Student Veterans of America (SVA) National Conference.
Antonio Mannings, Cole Brewer, LeShawn Daniels and Nina Ellison made the trip in January in order to connect with other veterans, bolster NLU’s chapter and support veterans’ education success.
They also saw it as a professional development opportunity and a chance to network with other chapters, corporations, businesses and military friendly organizations.
“I was fortunate enough to return with educational information on scholarships, internships, and fellowships but also support services, community organizations and the like that are available to veterans and veteran students across the country,” said Mannings, who is pursuing a doctorate in education and works as the Planning and Operations Manager for NLU’s Provost Office.
Mannings is a decorated combat veteran of the United States Air Force, where he served as a security forces journeyman.
“I am a proud veteran and proud to have represented the university at such a great event,” he said.
Student Veterans of America is focused on addressing the needs and concerns of veterans and military members in higher education. The NLU SVA chapter has formed to provide peer-to-peer networks for veterans and military members. The chapter is designed to be an advocate for student veterans and to help bridge the campus-to-career transition. It conducts community outreach, facilitates pre-professional networking and provides resources for student veterans in higher education.