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Student Veterans of America

Washington,D.C. (June 10, 2016)—Dozens of student veterans and active military students convened in the greater Providence, Rhode Island area last week to kick off Student Veterans of America’s (SVA) annual Leadership Institute Series; the first stop in a 10-city stop of Leadership Summits through September.

Close to 50 SVA chapter leaders, from around the region, came together with the Warwick Historic Cemetery Commission to kick off the Leadership Institute Series by putting in an afternoon of solid work to clear out the overgrowth in the oldest cemetery in Warwick, Rhode Island, which was founded in the 1630's. 

The three-day event, presented with General Dynamics, Electric Boat, gave SVA chapter leaders the opportunity to learn best practices for running student veteran organizations, as well as allowing them to explore campus-level concepts that ease veteran and active military students’ transition into higher education and a successful career. 

Held in coordination with corporate partners, each summit and the subsequent institute gives student veterans the opportunity to network and learn from top industry and community leaders. Additionally, each summit and institute brings student veterans together with local organizations to give back through regional service projects. This service project component has been implemented this year to show that when veterans are in a community, they will always leave it better than they found it.

“The Leadership Institute Series is our premier program to turn student veterans into student leaders,” said Jared Lyon, SVA President and CEO. “SVA’s incredible partners are actively looking to mentor student veterans and help them to become the leaders of tomorrow. SVA chapter leaders will gain the knowledge, tools, skills, and techniques to build strong chapters back on their campuses. Their chapters will improve not only their campuses, but their communities as well. Let this generation of veterans be the one known for our ability to harness the transformative power of higher education as an effective transition strategy post-military service.”

"It has been an honor and a privilege for General Dynamics, Electric Boat to host such an inspiring group of young SVA leaders for the first time here in Rhode Island," said Anthony Paolino, General Dynamics, Electric Boat's head of Military and Veterans Affairs. “We recognize the value veterans bring to the workforce, and our General Dynamics leadership has committed to working with great organizations like SVA to provide us with highly trained and highly qualified veterans. Hiring veterans at GDEB is not just a socially conscience thing we do, it is an investment towards our future success and the smart thing to do for business."

To see more photos from SVA’s Leadership Summit in Providence, click here. To see highlights from the online conversation, click here

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