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Club Spotlight: Student Veteran Organization

Posted on October 31, 2017

Club Spotlight: Student Veteran Organization
The phrase “Deeds Not Words” is John Tyler Community College’s official motto. Those words hold an entirely different meaning to the nearly 400 John Tyler students who are serving or have served in the armed forces of the United States as well as the 8% of our students who are the members of a military family. The Student Veterans Organization (SVO) exists to serve and advocate for these students. Founded in 2012 by student veterans to address the specific needs of military-connected students, the SVO provides a network of support for veterans and their spouses and/or dependents who are enrolled at Tyler. The SVO also seeks to educate and raise awareness within the JTCC community about the experiences and sacrifices of student veterans and work with the college administration to meet the unique needs of student veterans.  One need not be a veteran to join the SVO. Any registered student or graduate/alumni can join. The JTCC SVO is a recognized chapter of Student Veterans of America (SVA).

The SVO meets one Friday a month by video teleconference so that students on both the Chester and Midlothian campuses can participate. The meetings are from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. on the Chester Campus in room M213 (Moyar Hall) or on the Midlothian Campus in room E102 (Eliades Hall). The final SVO meeting for the Fall 2017 semester is November 30.

Additionally, the SVO engages in both social and community service activities.  For the last three years, the SVO has visited patients at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center to provide personal hygiene items and small gifts.  This year’s visit is scheduled for December 1 and the SVO, in conjunction with two other JTCC student groups, will be asking for donations in November. SVO members also plan to take part in the Polar Plunge, an event that benefits Virginia Special Olympics, in Virginia Beach in February 2018. 

To support its planned activities, the SVO sells coffee and snacks each Tuesday morning from 7:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Moyar Hall. If you are on the Chester Campus and would like a good cup of coffee (or want to support a great organization), stop by and Have a Cup of Joe with the SVO! 

For more information about joining the JTCC Student Veterans Organization, contact Mike Murphy at 804-706-5031 or mmurphy@jtcc.edu

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