Resources and News for Veterans
Whether you are a new or returning student veteran at Saint Xavier University, our goal is to provide you with resources that will help you achieve your educational goals. Check this page throughout the year for information regarding education benefits, veteran programming and other resources for veterans. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the Student Veteran Alliance (SVA) at SXU!
The SVA is Saint Xavier's student veteran organization. Our purpose it to promote a veteran based organization to support students associated with the United States Armed Forces. This includes students who have served or are currently serving, as well as their family members.
Meetings are held twice per month to discuss potential volunteer and event opportunities. Our group aims to:
- Provide a social support group and peer mentoring to veterans who are adjusting to college life
- Raise awareness for veterans' issues and facilitate dissemination of information to veterans
- Promote community service and volunteerism as well as to organize worthwhile projects and events pertaining to veterans and their needs/issues.
If you are interested in attending any of the upcoming meetings or if you just want to know more, contact Sheri Gross, veterans coordinator, at email@example.com or (773) 298-3506.
Illinois Cyber Competition for Veterans: Governor Quinn, Moraine Valley Community College and Cyber Aces invite veterans from across Illinois to participate in a cyber-security competition. The Governor's Cyber Aces State Championship at Moraine Valley is a free statewide competition to discover and develop Illinois' top cyber talent.
Veterans from across the state will come together and compete to win top honors, and the best performers may earn scholarships for elite training. For more information, contact Paul Knudtson at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Cyber Aces website.
WXAV Wins IBA Silver Dome Award for Veterans Matter Series: Saint Xavier University's student-run radio station WXAV 88.3FM recently took home a second place honor at the 2013 Professional Silver Dome Awards for its critically acclaimed series "Veteran Matters."
Veteran Matters is a 10-episode series examining the firsthand experiences of American veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Each episode contains the raw and personal accounts about the veterans' time in the service, life after war, religious awakenings and interactions with locals. Interviewees range from Joan, a 92-year-old military nurse who served during World War II; to Buck, a helicopter pilot in Vietnam; and to Andy, who served in Korea, Germany and Iraq. Since the series concluded in September 2012, it has been picked up by public radio and college radio stations across the country.
The Mission Continues: Empowering post-9/11 veterans to transition from the military to leadership positions here at home. The Mission Continues awards community service fellowships to post-9/11 veterans, empowering them to transform their own lives by serving others and directly impacting their communities. Fellows serve for six months at a local non-profit organization addressing educational, environmental or social issues.
The post fellowship goal is to secure full-time employment and/or pursuit of higher education, while maintaining a permanent role of public service. For more information, visit The Mission Continues website.
Blue Star Spouse Networks Launch: The Blue Star Spouse Networks is a place for all military spouse professionals to share professional information, network and get the scoop on state licensing requirements across the country. The Blue Star Spouse Networks is partnering with Hiring Our Heroes to launch peer-to-peer spouse networks for educators, health care professionals and entrepreneurs.
To learn more or to join a spouse networking group, visit Blue Star Spouse Networks.
VetNet on Google+: In collaboration with veteran NGO's such as Hire Heroes USA, Hiring Our Heroes and Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Google has launched VetNet on Google+ to link veterans with civilian jobs and resources. By logging in, veterans can connect with resources and videos to help with job search, career networking and entrepreneurial interests.
Visit VetNet for more information.
Veteran Education Benefits
Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs
The Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs (ILDVA) assists veterans in navigating the system of federal, state and local resources and benefits, and partners with other agencies and non-profits to help veterans address education, mental health, housing, employment and other challenges.
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
The GI Bill website helps veterans compare and understand education benefits. From this site, veterans can apply for their education benefits.
American Council on Education
Credit for military is evaluated and awarded in accordance with the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE) when appropriate to the student's curriculum. Veterans can request military transcripts through ACE.
Through the Scholarship Search Finder, students can find scholarships and grants exclusively for the military community.
Operation Homefront informs National Guard members and reservists about local, state and national resources.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
IAVA is the largest non-profit organization for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. IAVA assists veterans and their families in health, education, employment and community.
Veteran Matters – WXAV
Veteran Matters is a 10-part radio production based on interviews with veterans of different wars, comparing and contrasting their experiences of military service. For more information, visit the WXAV website.