We are the Student Veterans of America at the University of Virginia

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The Student Veterans of America chapter at the University of Virginia is committed to fostering community and sharing resources for opportunities.


We are committed to supporting the student-veterans at UVA by fostering a positive social and professional network. As student-veterans, we understand the challenges that are inevitable upon separation from military service and transitioning to academic life. By creating community consciousness, we are able to share our experiences, learn from each other, and successfully address the challenges unique to veterans together.


SVA at UVA is committed to identifying and disseminating information about opportunities that present themselves to student-veterans and other military-affiliated students. This includes, but isn’t limited to: scholarships, employers, Veterans Affairs information, seminars, local events, application-based majors, UVA hosted events specifically for veterans and social functions.

Executive Board

Student Veterans of America @ the University of Virginia


Romeo Sarmiento


US Marine Corps Veteran
McIntire School of Commerce


Ashley Lozano


US Air Force Veteran
College of Arts and Sciences


Jim Carlisle


US Air Force Veteran
College of Arts and Sciences


Johnson Li

Communications Director

US Army National Guard
College of Arts and Sciences

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Edgar Hercila


US Army Veteran
College of Arts and Sciences


Natasha Smith

Faculty Advisor

US Navy Veteran
Director of Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering

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Shiann Gordon

Engagement Coordinator

US Army Veteran
College of Arts and Sciences

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Jon Gangsaas

Engagement Coordinator

US Navy Veteran
College of Arts and Sciences


How do I contact the SVA @ UVA?

You can contact us by:
Email: studentvetsuva@gmail.com
Facebook: Student Veterans of America at UVA
Instagram: @uvaveteran

Why should I be part of the SVA?

Student veterans share unique experiences. The SVA allows student veterans, military-affiliated students, and allies to foster relationships through these shared experiences and interests. In addition to prior military service, we share a common interest in giving back to our communities.

Where can I find information on GI Bill benefits?

Go to our menu and select "Incoming Veteran Checklist" for more information.

What should I bring as an incoming student?

For a list of what to bring to Mr. Jefferson's University please click on this link: https://housing.virginia.edu/what-to-bring-faq

How do I get in contact with the veterans benefits coordinator?

The best way to answer any benefits-related questions is to email veteransbenefits@virginia.edu.

Are there any scholarship/grant opportunities available?

There are many scholarships and grants available to all students and some specifically for student veterans. You can find them at this link: https://alumni.virginia.edu/scholarships/

SIS is confusing. Do you have any tips on understanding the student information system?

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Current or Prospective Students

Got any questions? One of our members will be in touch with you.