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Student Veteran Advisory Board

About

The purpose of the Student Veteran Advisory Board is to provide an organized representation of student veterans who will serve in an advisory capacity to the Task Force in Support of Student Veterans.Members of the SVAB have committed to the following:

Meet the 2013-14 Student Veteran Advisory Board

 

Hometown: Dandridge, TN {the second oldest town in Tennessee}

Armed Forces Affiliation: I was in the Army, I initially enlisted for the National Guard but a little after a year, and I switched to active duty. I was stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado.

Why did you apply to be a member of the Student Veteran Advisory Board? I applied because I feel there is a lack of Veteran presence on UT. I have been going there for over 3 years now and there hasn't been much Veteran camaraderie.

What would you like to see for your fellow Veterans here at UT? I would like to see some involvement among fellow Veterans. I would like there to be a cohesive group that work towards empowering fellow Veterans and giving back to the community. Also, bringing awareness about Veteran experience to civilians.

Is there anything else you would like to share? I love dogs. I have a Pit Bull named Tank and a Boxer mix named Steeler, because the Pittsburgh Steelers are my favorite team of all time! I am recently engaged to Nathan who is in the National Guard as a Cavalry Scout.



Hometown: I am 4th generation military, so I have lived and have family all across the globe. Lived the longest at FT Rucker, AL.

Armed Forces Affiliation: US Army, Hooah!!!

Why did you apply to be a member of the Student Veteran Advisory Board? To help in improving the overall campus climate for UT student-vets.

What would you like to see for your fellow Veterans here at UT? First and foremost, I want to see the opening of a dedicated UT Student-Veterans Center, which can house the VA Cert Office and other resources specific to military- and veteran-student's needs. 

Is there anything else you would like to share? Regardless of very specific individual experiences and like or dislike of our time in service, we are always united by our shared experience of being military. The military and veteran community is a very specialized subgroup of our society that is often hard, if not impossible, to fully fathom and understand for those who have not been a part of it. With this in mind, and coupled with the fact that campus life is very nearly a polar-opposite to life in the military, we must be readily available as support for one another. To achieve this goal, we must build a strong and stable central body that is easily identifiable and accessible to any service-member, veteran, or dependent who may be looking to connect.  



Hometown: Knoxville, TN

Armed Forces Affiliation: I began my career with enlisted service as a military intelligence analyst in the US Air Force. After completing an undergraduate degree, I earned my commission as a US Army field artillery officer and continued to serve in various assignments in the Army National Guard. One of my favorite assignments was Assistant Professor of Military Science with Army ROTC.

Why did you apply to be a member of the Student Veteran Advisory Board? I applied to serve on the Student Veterans Advisory Board because I care about other veterans and our campus. I believe the diversity of my experience as a service member, a veteran student, a higher education administrator and adjunct faculty member provides a unique combination of perspectives for service on the board.

What would you like to see for your fellow Veterans here at UT? I want UT veterans to find a supportive and respectful environment leading to academic and career success in their lives.



Hometown: Knoxville, TN

Armed Forces Affiliation: I am currently serving in the US Air force, and served 10 yrs in the USMC.

Why did you apply to be a member of the Student Veteran Advisory Board? So that the veterans at UT will have a good voice from one of their own. I can understand where most of them may be coming from on different aspects of their life are carriers. At least they will know I will do my best to resolve any issue they may have. Understanding of how hard it may be for some of them to go from a structured environment to an environment that solely depends on mostly on their own decision with very little help from anyone. This is why I chose to be a part of this team so that if any of the veterans has an issue they will know that there is a veteran on their side that has been in the same position as they are in right now.



Hometown:Etowah, TN

Armed Forces Affiliation: I joined the U.S. Navy after high school. I served almost 9 years as a nuclear reactor operator; 6 of which I was stationed aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt, an aircraft carrier based out of Norfolk, VA. I have a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering Technology from Excelsior College. I am currently working as a proton accelerator target systems operator at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Spallation Neutron Source while pursuing a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering degree.

Why did you apply to be a member of the Student Veteran Advisory Board? I applied to be a part of the Student Veteran Advisory Board because I felt the need to help my fellow veterans any way I can.

What would you like to see for your fellow Veterans here at UT? I would like to see the veterans at UT get a space of their own for socializing and networking. I would also like the board to be a valuable resource to help veterans with any issues they may have.



Armed Forces Affiliation: Army



Hometown: Merritt Island, Florida

Armed Forces Affiliation: She joined the United States Navy when she was 20 years old. Amber had the privilege of serving for seven years as a Hospital Corpsman, both in the United States and overseas.

Why did you apply to be a member of the Student Veteran Advisory Board? Amber began her collegiate career at University of Tennessee in 2003 for an undergraduate degree. Aside from the specific financial aid resource for Veterans, she noticed there was no "place" or other services for Veterans to ensure a smooth transition into college life. She applied to be on the board to help frame a more streamlined cohesive process for veterans while they attended school here. She cares about her military family, and wanted to be instrumental in allowing them to have everything they need in order to succeed here at UT.

What would you like to see for your fellow Veterans here at UT? Amber would like to see UT become more involved with identifying the special needs of Veterans, and implementing change that meets their when they begin their collegiate career. She would also like to see a physical space for Veterans to have, more college credit given to Veterans for the courses they completed in the military for their various jobs, and an academic group or Honors Society.



For more information, questions, or concerns please contact the Student Veteran Advisory Board via email at: svab@utk.edu




 

 

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