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Student Veterans Association: New organization volunteers for multiple missions

Thu, Apr 4, 2013

Around Campus, Education

Flag_of_the_United_States.svgAs 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

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