Student Veterans of America (SVA)
Since SVA’s founding in 2008, over one million veterans have returned home to pursue a post-secondary degree or certificate using VA education benefits. To meet this need, SVA’s presence at the local and national levels has grown to include over 1,100 chapter affiliates, numerous private and nonprofit partners, and most importantly, an expanding list of impactful programs and services for veterans.
The nation’s renewed focus on veteran welfare has ignited change on campuses and in congress. SVA is committed to capitalizing on this momentum to ensure today’s and tomorrow’s veterans are supported in their transition to education and employment.
If you are a veteran, active duty service member, spouse, or dependent attending FTCC, you are already a member of our SVA chapter. Through fundraising for veteran scholarships and volunteering in the community, we strive to give back and create a welcoming environment for veterans on campus. We invite you to participate!
The FTCC SVA Chapter meets every 2nd Thursday of the month at 3:30 p.m. in the All American Veterans Center (General Classroom Building, Room 202-A).
If you have any questions or are interested in participating, please contact us at SVA@faytechcc.edu.
2015 – 2016 FTCC SVA
|President||Mike Baker (James Smith-outgoing)|
|Secretary||Erica Morely (Jenny Smith-outgoing)|
|SGT at Arms||Steve Rylander|
|Recruiters||Travis Alston and Eric Spradley|
Last year FTCC was awarded a $10,000 grant from Home Depot through the SVA and the Vet Center Initiative. This helped kick off the creation of your state-of-the-art All American Veterans Center. With over 4000 sq-ft of space at your disposal, the SVA FTCC Chapter works hard to improve every inch. In addition to working to create a better center, they also raise funds throughout the year for veteran discretionary scholarships and give back to the community through volunteer opportunities.
Elections are held in the early summer just after the summer term begins. If you are active duty, veteran, spouse, or dependent you would qualify to be a member of the FTCC SVA. In fact, if you meet any of the criteria above you already are a member! You just have to choose to join and help!
In 1944 President Franklin Roosevelt signed in to law the Serviceman’s Readjustment Act of 1944, otherwise known as the G.I. Bill of Rights. When service members returned home from conflicts overseas, they flooded schools to use these new educational benefits. The schools were not prepared for the influx of enrollment and did not know how to deal with the enrolled veteran students. It was a hard transition period for veterans returning home. Student veterans banded together to form peer-to-peer support groups. Through the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s this trend continued. In 2001 veterans began using social media to communicate across campuses nationwide. In 2008 the organization Student Veterans of America was formed.