As a paratrooper in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division, Blayne Street dropped from Chinook helicopters into Iraqi cities, helping his fellow soldiers evade improvised explosive devices.
Now a first-year TCOM student, he’s leading the new UNTHSC Student Veterans Association as it helps military veterans negotiate the maze of benefits that help pay for their education.
That’s just one part of the SVA mission. The all-campus organization also seeks:
– a formal commissioning ceremony for graduates entering the military.
– a role advocating for veterans health issues in the community.
Born from an Office of Student Development veterans focus group, SVA is completing its organizational tasks, and elected these officials recently:
President — Blayne Street
Vice President — Jennifer (Stuthard) Bendokas
Secretary — Hannah Jayroe
Treasurer — Deepika Kaushal
GSBS Representative — Abhiram Kondajji
PA Representative — Andrew Covey
PT Representative — Jason Geymer
Public Health Representative — Jessica Phillips
TCOM Representative — Russell Wier
Faculty Adviser — Thomas Diver, PA