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Video: Student Veterans of America organization raises awareness through annual Mission 22 walk

Madison Edenfield
Oxford Stories
meedenfi@go.olemiss.edu

Statistics indicate that 22 veterans take their own lives every day. Student Veterans of America is on a mission to stop that.

SVA is a non-profit, student-run organization that helps support veterans’ transition from military to civilian life. There are more than 1,300 chapters aiding student veterans in their pursuit of higher education and life after graduation.

This organization is dedicated to connecting University of Mississippi student veterans and those interested in applying to the university. The SVA chapters serve as an aid for student veterans’ transition from campus to career.

The student Veterans of America organization raises money to help veterans’ transition back to civilian life through scholarship and research. They also work with other organizations to support veterans and raise money towards treatments and post-traumatic stress disorder research.

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SVA table set up on Business Row on Friday. Photo by: Madison Edenfield

Every year, the SVA chapter at Ole Miss works with Mission 22 to raise awareness about veteran suicide due to post-traumatic stress disorder. Mission 22 is an organization that provides money to PTSD and traumatic brain injury research, as well as treatments for veterans.

From March 31 to April 11, organizations and teams registered with SVA will participate in Mission 22 events and earn points in hopes of winning the coveted Student Veterans trophy.

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SVA trophy and Mission 22 event itinerary. Photo by: Madison Edenfield

Organizations could earn points by donating money, winning a push-up competition, and participating in the Mission 22 Awareness Walk. SVA’s goal this year was to raise $2200 to go towards PTSD and TBI research. They also encouraged teams to wear R.E.D. on Friday to Remember Everyone Deployed and post a picture of themselves on social media.

Bree Kirk, 24, is a freshman business and history major from Valparaiso, Indiana. She is also a Marine involved with SVA. Kirk was on Business Row with SVA Thursday and Friday to “raise awareness for the 22 veterans a day that are taking their own lives. It’s a cause very near and dear to our hearts.”

With April being mental health awareness month, it is important to not forget the veterans who are still fighting a battle when they return home. Whether it’s wearing red on Fridays or giving a donation to veteran organizations, don’t forget to show your support.

For more information, follow Student Veterans of America on Facebook and Instagram @OleMissSVA.

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