Cougar News spoke to Collin College Student Veterans of America (SVA) President Margarita Soto to get the scoop on the latest news about SVA. Read on to see what is happening on Collin College campuses. 

What is the SVA?

SVA is a 501(c)(3) coalition of student veterans groups on college campuses across the globe. These member chapters are the “boots on the ground” that help veterans reintegrate into campus life and succeed academically. Each chapter must be an officially recognized student group by their university or college and provide a peer-to-peer network for veterans who are attending the school. Additionally, chapters often coordinate campus activities, provide pre-professional networking and generally provide a touchstone for student veterans in higher education.

When did it start?

SVA 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 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.

Who can join?

Anyone can join the SVA-CC chapter even if you are not a veteran!

Why should I join?

SVA’s sole mission is to provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and after graduation.

We understand that focusing on a degree and late night studying can be mentally demanding. That’s where we come in; we provide social relief for a veteran community that few understand.

Throughout the year, the SVA will be hosting or participating in campus and community events including: Rockin’ the Ridge, BBQs, movie nights and more. Show up for one event or every week. There is no commitment. The only obligation is to relax and enjoy yourself. 

When/Where are meetings?

Meetings are typically the third Wednesday of every month at 3 pm. Orgsync is updated on locations or any changes.

 Is it free?

Yes.

Who qualifies as a veteran?

Title 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations defines a veteran as “a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.” This definition explains that any individual that completed a service for any branch of armed forces classifies as a veteran as long as they were not dishonorably discharged.  

For more information, who should I contact?

Please visit Orgsync at https://orgsync.com/90514/chapter