The Student Veterans Association was formed not only as a way to spread information about veterans, but also to offer a support system for those who have served at Emporia State.
“What we are trying to do for our veterans is raise awareness,” said Jed Bent, junior rehabilitation major. “Let them know that they have a support system.”
The SVA was formed last semester, but the students who drafted the constitution graduated in spring. Bent was then offered the position to head the group.
Bent is not a veteran himself, but he said he grew up in a military family, with family on both sides in the military for generations. This is why someone reached out to Jed to make the RSO happen.
“I am part of a special unit,” said Molly Milakovich, senior nursing major and 15-year vet. “We are one a five year rotation, but we could be called anytime. If they need someone in the medic field they can call us and we go.”
While the group does not have anything planned for Veterans Day, they do have some activities lined up to help raise awareness. They served cake in the Union last Thursday and are planning to look into what grants they can receive in order to bring guest speakers to campus.
“There were only four people that showed up for the meeting (on Monday), but there are more who have shown interest, but couldn’t attend the meeting,” Bent said. “I think there will be about eight to ten people in all.”
But the club is not just for veterans. It is open to all people –friends, family, veterans and anyone who wants to help out and support student veterans.
“I know everyone is busy, they have a busy life, I understand that… I just want everyone to come and check us out because we could be so much stronger with your help,” said Brad Harzman, graduate student in music education.
With Veterans Day drawing near, the group could provide an opportunity to show support to local veterans.
“This is a chance for everyone to get the opportunities that I have had over half my life, being in the military,” Harzman said.