November 5, 2012
Student Veterans of America has provided me with an array of opportunities that has changed my life forever. When I received an email in 2009 from SVA about starting a chapter at my school I knew it was a great idea and I made it a personal goal of mine. I started as a chapter founder and president, which allowed me to meet other veterans that were like-minded. I felt like I had a sense of purpose once again that I was accustomed to in the military. Our student veteran organization advocated for additional programs and services on our campus to assist veterans on their pathway to success. The National SVA paved the way to make this happen by exposing us to a global network of student veteran organizations from across the U.S. that have developed and implemented similar programs. Overall, the work that SVA was doing to support their comrades empowered me to do more as well. I have dedicated my life to assisting veterans, first as a chapter leader, then as a state leader, and now in my current position as an elected member of the National Leadership Council. By volunteering for SVA and interacting with veterans on a daily basis I have realized that I want to live a life of helping others in my community. As I graduate in the Spring I can say with confidence that I have created my own personal career path and look forward to the opportunities that lay before me in the future.
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