The Hero Project: Solutions Partners

Student Veterans of America

08.14.12 6:02 PM ET



  • Provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and after graduation.
  • Create a national network of student veteran organizations on college and university campuses to provide critical peer-to-peer support at the local level.
  • Change the landscape of higher education to be more supportive of the thousands of student veterans utilizing the GI Bill and other VA educational benefits.


  • Provide student veterans with the highest-quality programs and services to assist in their pursuit of a market-valued degree or certificate.
  • Continue to grow and support the largest network of student veteran organizations, known as SVA chapters, in the country.
  • Defend the GI Bill by empowering student veterans to graduate.
  • Collect data regarding student veteran outcomes in order to make informed decisions regarding programs and policies.
  • Partner with credible organizations to reduce the duplication of services and to also maximize our collective impact.

Founded: January 2008
Headquarters: Washington, DC
Founded by student veterans for student veterans

Executive Director, former Chapter President at UNLV:
Michael Dakduk

Chairman of the Board of Directors, Assistant Director of Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs: Rodrigo Garcia


  • National Leadership Institute and Local Leadership Summits: Train student veteran leaders to create business plans for their chapters (conducted in partnership with Purdue University’s Military Family Research Institute).
  • Chapter Grants: Fund campus initiatives led by student veterans.
  • Corporate Mentorships: Student veterans are paired with mentors via a partnership with American Corporate Partners.
  • Internship Support Program: Provides stipends to student veterans that work as unpaid interns.
  • The Presidential Volunteer Service Award: Recognizes the hard-work and dedication of chapter members that volunteer countless hours in support of their fellow veterans.
  • Completing the Mission: A research project conducted in partnership with the Pat Tillman Foundation and Operation College Promise to identify student veteran outcomes on a sample of colleges and universities across the country.
  • Got Your 6 Campaign: SVA and our partner organizations are collecting commitments from 500 schools that pledge to offer veteran-specific programs and policies by June 2014.