A key opportunity for the student experience, Syracuse University student veterans attended the 13th annual Student Veterans of America (SVA) National Conference (NATCON) virtually on Feb. 19 and 20. The two-day event featured a keynote address by the first lady of the United States, Jill Biden, and several presentations and panel discussions by members of the University’s Office of Veteran and Military Affairs (OVMA) and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF).
NATCON illuminated important challenges to a successful transition from military service. Day one covered steps in finding the right position and translating military occupations into marketable skills. Day two was dedicated to addressing issues related to inclusion and the importance of allyship. The SVA’s conference overarching theme, “Leaning Forward Together,” implored student veterans to continue serving in their new roles in their communities and workplaces.