By: Charity Chiltz, Evangel University
Evangel University has been granted a national charter with the Student Veterans of America.
The mission of the SVA is to provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and after graduation.
“I believe this recognition is an honor to the students and faculty advisors who have worked so hard to make the organization happen,” said Stormy Davis, director of Adm. Vern Clark Veterans Center at Evangel.
“It now grants the ability for students to not only connect with other veterans in the greater EU community, but across the nation as well.”
The SVA has active groups in all 50 U.S states with over 1,300 student veteran organizations. The chapter-based membership provides information to student veterans concerning scholarships, career mentoring, chapter grants, legislative fellowships and regional events.
Donald Clapper, president of the Evangel Student Veterans Association, applied for the charter, and he is pleased with the opportunities the organization will provide to student veterans.
“Veterans can get involved with our organization to apply for and receive scholarships and grant money. It also provides us the opportunity to attend national events,” he said. Clapper will graduate in May with a degree in business.
Evangel currently has 81 enrolled veterans and 19 on the faculty and staff.
SVA Chapter membership is free. There are no dues associated with affiliating with Student Veterans of America.
According to the SVA, the organization was officially incorporated in January 2008 to provide programs, resources and support to the ever-evolving network of local student veteran organizations. Each of these independent groups could then join the umbrella coalition as a chapter.
Concurrently, SVA and a number of veteran service organizations were tirelessly advocating for an overhaul of the WWII-era G.I. Bill to address the needs of the 21st Century student veteran. Six months after SVA’s founding, President George W. Bush signed into law the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill.
More information concerning Student Veterans of American can be found at http://studentveterans.org/