Student Veterans of America at MCC

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SVA members can access for information ranging from scholarships to conference information.

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SVA is a coalition of student veterans groups on college campuses across the United States. These groups coordinate campus activities, provide pre-professional networking, and generally provide a touchstone for student veterans in higher education. Each local group plays a critical role in ensuring that every veteran is successful after their service.

MCC chapter constitution


  • Fully inclusive, free and voluntary
  • Scholarships/ Awards
  • Leadership/ Networking opportunities
  • Mentorship and transition assistance
  • Interaction with fellow military and veteran students
  • Advocate for student veterans on campus
  • Military forums, panels and events


  • Must be a new or current student at Metropolitan Community College
  • Must be a current military service member, guard, reserve, veteran, spouse or dependent
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must have desire to meet or exceed academic goals as well as participate with associated functions


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Student Veterans Work to Restore Homes in North Omaha


On November 16th, 2013 more than 40 student veteran volunteers worked together to build and restore homes of poverty-stricken families in North Omaha for Habitat for Humanity. The event was a collaborative effort among veterans attending Metropolitan Community College, University of Nebraska-Omaha, and Bellevue University.  Students  from each school worked on six homes at two locations and completed duties such as framing windows, painting, preparing siding, roofing and general construction.

Current MCC Student Veterans of America (SVA) chapter president Matthew Lair was one of the several veteran participants from MCC. “It felt great to give back. As veterans, we understand the importance of service and it was really nice to see so many veterans get together for a good cause.” In addition, Lair expressed how it valuable it was to network with other veterans from local SVA chapters and hopes that the schools can collaborate again on future projects.

SVA volunteers pictured with participant family

MCC Attends 1st Annual SVA Nebraska Leadership Conference

The MCC Student Veterans of America (SVA) chapter recently attended at the 1st Annual SVA Nebraska Leadership Conference held on March 23rd, 2012 at Bellevue University. Also in attendance from MCC was Bobby Loud, former director of Military and Veteran Support Services (MVSS) and Gary Sparks, IT faculty member.

SVA chapters throughout the State of Nebraska participated at the Conference, each having an opportunity to share their upcoming projects and events. The event featured a series of speakers from U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA), Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska and the Nebraska Army National Guard. The speakers covered topics such as applying for VA benefits, current volunteer opportunities, suicide prevention and available resources. Attendees also had the opportunity to network and collaborate with chapters on upcoming

events and ideas, such as a SVA end of year barbeque. 

MCC’s SVA President, Matthew Stevens said of the Conference, “it was a great opportunity to meet students from other schools with the same passion and desire to help their fellow student veterans. Overall, I found it to be a very fulfilling and worthwhile event.”

From L to R--Back Row: Chris Urban, MVSS staff; Brian 

Miller, SVA member; Robert Caldwell, MVSS staff; Gary

Sparks, MCC IT Faculty Member; Front Row: Bobby Loud

Former Director of MVSS; Matt Stevens, 2011-12 SVA Chapter President; Ian Belle, SVA member


Chapter President Attends National Conference

The MCC Student Veterans of America (SVA) chapter was proud to attend the 4th Annual SVA National Conference in Las Vegas, NV on December 8th through 11th. Representing MCC was SVA Chapter President Matt Stevens, who is currently serving in the Iowa Army National Guard and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The conference theme was “Combating Veteran Unemployment” and featured a series of panels from hiring managers as well as a  student veterans career fair. The keynote address was delivered by Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, who reassured SVA student leaders of continued support for veterans’ success through education and employment assistance. Other speakers included Kevin Schmiegel, Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Col. David W. Sutherland, U.S. Army, Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs for Warrior and Family Support.


Matt Stevens (left), 2011 SVA chapter president and Robert Caldwell (right)

Eric Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, delivers the keynote address

Matt Stevens with webbook donated to conference attendees