Today's veterans face numerous obstacles in their path of attaining a college degree. These challenges range from a missing sense of camaraderie to feeling like an outsider amongst 18 year old traditional students, to a lack of understanding by university faculty. When coupled with the visible and invisible wounds of war, a college degree can be an elusive goal for men and women returning from military service. Student Veterans of America (SVA) makes that goal a reality.
The purpose of the Student Veterans of America (SVA) at Pace University is to provide a network of support to military veterans, their families, and civilian supporters; secondly, to work with the university administration to meet the needs of student veterans and prospective student veterans; thirdly, to cultivate student veterans concerns through scheduled meetings, advocacy, social, and recreational activities; fourthly, to foster esprit de corps among student veterans and promote an understanding of student veterans issues. Finally, to provide a resource for new and prospective student veterans to ease the transition into student life through the knowledge and experience gained from those that have come before.