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Student Veterans Association making its mark nationally

Student Veterans Association making its mark nationally
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Shelby Schueller 
Staff Writer

This summer has been very busy for LCC’s Student Veterans Association, according to SVA President Kyleigh Thompson.

From June 26 to 29, Thompson represented the LCC SVA at the Student Veterans Association National Leadership Institute, held in Bentonville and Rogers, Ark., and co-hosted by Walmart.

The event focused on strategic planning, collaboration and networking. Thompson said she was among 125 representatives selected to attend from 1,000 chapters nationwide.

Then from July 9 to 11, the SVA was represented at the kickoff of the local Student Veterans Association National Leadership Summit in Chicago. That event focused on business plans and budget. The summit was the first of a series that will be held in select cities nationwide.

Thompson said she hopes the recent activity will help the LCC SVA gain visibility on campus.

“I would just love (the public) to know that we have an SVA chapter,” Thompson said. “Come talk to us. Tell us what you want, what you need, what we should rally behind … what you want to do, what you’re lacking (and) what would make your college and LCC experience richer and easier.”

One big plans the SVA has for providing services to veteran and military students is to create a Vet Center on the first floor of the Continental Building in the next couple years. Fundraising plans for the project are to begin in the fall semester, according to SVA Vice President Keiven Colbert.

Once established, the Vet Center will provide several services such as local housing information, possible employment opportunities, health advice and information about monetary educational benefits for military and veteran students.

Colbert said it will also serve as a recreation area with amenities like “a pool table for the veterans to play at, a study area for the veterans to study in…things of that nature.”

For more information about the Student Veterans Association, visit lcc.edu/veterans, email to lccsva1@gmail.com, or simply visit the office on the first floor of the Continental Building.

Joining the SVA is free. It can be done by going to http://lcc.edu/studentlife/clubs_and_organizations/registered_organizations.aspx and clicking “join” under “Student Veterans Association.”

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