Student Veterans Organization provides unique opportunities for those who’ve served

November 08, 2021

Students gathered around the flag for a moment of silence

Quinnipiac is a recognized leader in educating the nation’s veterans, regularly ranked among the top military-friendly institutions in the country.

One of the ways that the university accomplishes these goals is through the Student Veterans Organization, which helps former military personnel meet their educational goals and overcome any challenges that come their way. The student-run organization also fundraises for various veterans’ programs.

Chris Higgins ’22, president of the Student Veterans Organization, said the principle goal of the organization is to help veterans enjoy a welcoming environment and provide them a space to work and relax on the Mount Carmel Campus.

“Our goal is to help provide them with an easy transition from military to civilian life. As well as the opportunity to succeed as a student,” said Higgins, a U.S. Navy veteran.

The Student Veterans Organization offers many opportunities to its members, as well as helping local groups with their events and hosts their own veterans’ events.

“We will go and help the local Veterans of Foreign Wars with garbage clean-up during big events. The Student Veterans Organization also hosts a 9/11 flag-raising and a Veterans Day flag-raising event,” said Higgins.

The Student Veterans Organization hosts a Veterans Day dinner on the York Hill Campus as well as a spring BBQ fundraiser. The spring BBQ is open to all students and hopes to connect veterans with other groups on campus.

“We hope to provide a better campus experience for all and continue connecting veterans with other groups on campus,” said Jason Burke, director of veteran and military affairs.

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