March 9, 2021 Newsletter
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UGA Ranked #1 by Military Friendly; Barco Named Top SVA Advisor

UGA has been named the top Military Friendly Tier One Research Institution in the nation for 2020-2021. Additionally, former SVRC director Ted Barco was named the Chapter Advisor of the Year by the Student Veterans of America (SVA).

For the full story, click here.

SVA Baseball Game

Want to see the bulldogs on the diamond? The Student Veterans Association would like to know if you and your family are interested in attending a UGA baseball game for free. If so, please respond by completing this survey by March 15.

SVA is on LinkedIn

Expand your professional network through SVA’s LinkedIn page here.

Connect with fellow student veterans, UGA alumni, and potential employers through the SVA's LinkedIn profile. We plan to use this platform to highlight student veterans, share their stories, and grow their brand.
SVA Seeking Candidates for Director of Communication and Marketing

SVA is interested in expanding its public and social outreach, and innovating new ways to connect with student veterans. To do this, we created the Director of Communication and Marketing position and we are seeking interested candidates. If interested in applying, please send your resume to
Additionally, you may contact the SVA (, or any current leadership member directly, with any questions or concerns you have.
  • President: Caleb Ray
  • Vice President: Nick Sesing
  • Director of Finance: Gabriel Shaber
  • Director of Engagement: Brennen Sanders
Veterans Legal Clinic

Veterans can receive free advice on veterans benefits or other civil legal matters in a virtual legal clinic on Saturday, March 27 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Connect by webcam or phone. 
You must pre-register to be matched with an attorney. Email or call 706-542-6439 for more information and to register before March 24 at noon.
Summer Job and Internship Fair is March 17

The UGA Summer Job & Internship Fair scheduled for March 17 will be a virtual fair held on Handshake. Connect with employers and secure a summer job or internship position offered by Athens and Atlanta area employers, including summer camps and resorts. UGA Departments will also be hiring. Having a summer job or internship is crucial to gaining work experience and building your resume. Be sure to review the positions employers are hiring for on Handshake.

Student registration is open, and you will be able to attend virtual group sessions (30 minutes) and one-on-one sessions for 10 minutes each during the fair.

Visit the Virtual Fair Student Guide for more information and to register.
Oral History: Earn a $25 Gift Card

We have 110 student veteran oral histories permanently stored in the UGA Special Collection Libraries, representing one of the largest collections in higher education. You can quickly earn a $25 gift card by adding your voice to this important collection.

To learn more or to sign up click here.
For National Guard Personnel at UGA

CPT Ian Bahr, a member of the National Guard and a UGA MBA student, is assigned to the University of Georgia to serve a multi-functional role. CPT Bahr operates as a liaison for the ROTC program and a career counselor for National Guard personnel, veterans, and students interested in serving in the National Guard as leaders in a Reserve Component.
CPT Bahr focuses primarily on recruiting commissioned officers for the National Guard. To do this, CPT Bahr assists National Guard members with maximizing their education benefits, encourages ROTC cadets to join the National Guard, and guides interested UGA/GGC students through the Initial Entry Training and Officer Candidate School process.
CPT Bahr’s team also serves as advisors for Specialty Branch opportunities, including Medical, Legal, and Chaplain Corps. Currently serving reserve component members interested in commissioning with the National Guard are also encouraged to reach out.
To learn more, contact CPT Bahr via e-mail.
Free Tutoring

Using the Penji app, UGA undergraduate students can book a free one-on-one appointment or enroll in a study pod with a Peer Tutor in the Division of Academic Enhancement. Study Pods meet weekly and can include up to six students along with a Peer Tutor who facilitates discussion, encourages collaboration between students, and provides instruction.
Students can schedule an Appointment or enroll in a Study Pod through the Penji app, or by visiting  
If you have any questions, please feel free to email
Help with Public Speaking and Presentations

UGA students looking for assistance with practicing presentations or public speaking can visit the Presentation Collaboratory located on the first floor of Milledge Hall. You can book an appointment with a Communications Consultant via Penji or “drop by” during facilitated Zoom drop-in hours.
More information is available here.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email
Important Highlights of the Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act

On January 5, 2021, the U.S. enacted expansive legislation aimed at addressing a number of issues affecting military veterans. Below, the SVRC has highlighted some provisions likely relevant to UGA student veterans. If you are interested in learning more, the Student Veteran Association (SVA) created a very useful summary that can be found here (written after Congress passed the bill in December). Additionally, the full text of the bill can be found on Congress’s website, here.
Highlights--Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020:
  • Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB): The MGIB “sunsets” beginning in 2030. Until then, new service members will have six months to choose whether to opt-in to the MGIB instead of the usual few days.
  • VA Education Certification: The bill creates a dual certification process where the school verifies a student’s enrollment at the beginning of a term, and the student electronically verifies their continued enrollment every following month in that term
  • Assistance for Those Affected by COVID: Grants the VA broad powers to provide educational benefits for students negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The intent is to cover any gaps in protection not covered elsewhere.
  • Entitlement Protections: If a school closes, or a student withdraws due to COVID-19, the student will not be charged for using their entitlements.
  • Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance: Maximum coverage raised to $40,000; veterans cannot be denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions or service-connected disabilities.
  • VA Home Loans: National Guard and Reserve under Title 32 orders count towards VA Home Loan eligibility
  • Childcare at VA Medical Centers: This legislation permanently retains a pilot program that provides childcare facilities at VA medical centers. The bill gives the VA 5 years to establish childcare facilities at all VA medical centers.
  • Comprehensive Reform for Women Healthcare: The legislation includes several provisions aimed specifically at improving healthcare for women veterans, including: (1) creating an Office of Women’s Health; (2) $20 million to retrofit VA Medical Centers; (3) improved reintegration and readjustment counseling; and (4) legal services that address issues like child support, eviction, and credit counseling.
Send feedback, questions, concerns, or ideas to:
SVRC Newsletter Editor Steve Miller.

Other POCs:
SVRC Interim Director: Mandy Brooks Levi
Graduate Liaison: Steve Miller
SVA President: Caleb Ray

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