GI Bill benefits are the most widely utilized benefits available to veterans. Moreover, veterans on college campuses have demonstrated an eagerness to not only organize but to lead in their communities while pursuing higher education. By supporting the nearly 1 million student veterans on college campuses today, the VFW has a unique opportunity to not only showcase the amazing work of our organization, but we can also harness this leadership potential to grow our organization for future generations of veteran leaders.
Today's veterans can face any number of obstacles while furthering their education. That's why one of the ways the VFW supports today’s student veterans is by teaming up with Student Veterans of America (SVA). Together we're committed to ensuring our nation’s veterans succeed in their educational pursuits, community service endeavors, careers and personal lives. Working side by side, student veterans and VFW members can help our nation’s veterans attain these goals.
The missions and purposes of both organizations share a great deal of synergy. SVA offers peer support for veterans transitioning back to civilian life and academia, frequently after serving one or more deployments overseas. The VFW provides opportunities for camaraderie, community service and veterans advocacy to those who have honorably served in overseas conflicts.
While SVA Chapters are unique among veterans’ groups with their location on campus, VFW Posts are often located in the same communities off campus. These two organizations can experience great and mutual success working together through several key avenues of cooperation.
Some of the ways in which the VFW can support student veterans in partnership with SVA Chapters include:
- Offer additional funds to advance education goals through the VFW’s "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarships”
- Provide Student Fellowship Opportunities to learn about legislative activism and promote veterans’ policies
- Provide access to VFW Service Officers to help file VA benefit claims
- Offer access to Student Veteran Support Grants for VFW Posts to foster camaraderie, peer support, and mentorship as well as promote cooperation on community and veterans’ service initiatives
- Offer use of VFW facilities for Chapter business and functions
- Conduct joint events, celebrations, and recognition ceremonies
- Share community connections for mutual benefit
- Combine efforts on local, state and national advocacy efforts to attain the best possible outcomes for veterans