Student Veterans of America Chapter Sends Members to National Leadership Summit

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Medaille Female Veteran
June 22, 2011 - 9:47am

Robert Banas, JeffGramlich and Chad Wainwright in front of the Madison, Wis. capitol buildingMembers of Medaille’s Student Veterans of America (MSVA) chapter attended the SVA Leadership Summit in Madison, Wis. Since the chapter was formalized earlier in 2011, the individuals involved with this initiative have continued to support veterans in their professional and educational endeavors. The conference provided a forum for members to network with other SVA chapters and to share ideas.

The executive officers team, including Robert Banas, Jeffrey Gramlich, Chad Wainwright and Matt Reusch, traveled to the conference in early June. According to Reusch, a criminal justice major, the highlight of the trip was hearing the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki, speak. “He spoke about the strides being made to ensure veterans are receiving all the benefits they are entitled to and that the VA is continuing to improve the quality of service to its members,” he said.

Among the common themes at the summit was a recognition of the need to build partnerships with other veterans organizations. Chad Wainright, a mental health counseling student, offered, “We should begin to build relationships with Western New York organizations, like the American Legion, VFW and ROTC in order to further our initiatives and goals.”

Gramlich summarized their experience by saying, “The conference highlighted the goals of what student veterans are doing on a national level. It connected veterans nationwide … and was about ensuring that veterans have a common place to call home to help with their readjustment back to civilian life.”

The Student Veterans of America provides military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation. 

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