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Military veterans from Raytheon Company and Student Veterans of America joined other members of the armed services in a pre-game flag ceremony on Veterans Day 2012 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachussetts.


by Imani Carter icarter@ccgmag.com


Student Veterans of America AN ORGANIZATION’S MISSION TO EXPAND AND


SUPPORT STUDENT VETERANS ACROSS THE COUNTRY O


ver the years, there has been a growing population of student veterans on college campuses. Studies show that in 2009 there were 500,000 student veterans receiving education benefits. By 2013, over 1 million student veterans were using GI benefits to pursue advanced educa- tional opportunities.


Currently, there are at least 79.2 percent of student veterans enrolled in public institutions, majority studying business, public service, health science and engineering. In total, 51.7 percent of these veterans complete their degree/certificate within four to five years, similar to the average student.


The success of many student veteran programs can be attrib- uted to Student Veterans of America (SVA). Founded in 2008, SVA has been committed to serving military veterans who have returned home seeking higher education. SVA strives to fulfill this mission by creating numerous programs and services for veterans, facilitating over 950 student veteran led chapter affiliates and connecting with private and nonprofit partners.


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USBE&IT magazine was able to discuss SVA’s mission and learn more about the organization as well as the importance of assisting Student Veterans with Student Veterans of America President and CEO, D. Wayne Robinson.


D. Wayne Robinson served in the U.S. Army and rose to the pinnacle of enlisted ranks as a command sergeant major. Dur- ing his career he held many leadership positions in artillery, special operations, and recruiting and graduated from every enlisted leadership course offered by the Army. Robinson is a graduate of the University of Chicago’s Booth School.


HE&IT: What is the mission of Student Veterans of America?


Robinson: Our mission at SVA is to provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.


HE&IT: How do Student Veterans’ needs differ from other veterans?


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