By: Emily Bailey | Contributing Writer
The Peer Advisors for Veteran Students, PAVE, is a new organization on South’s campus this year. The PAVE program connects incoming student veterans with other student veterans already on campus to help them navigate college life.
“The goal is to get more veteran involvement on campus,” said head PAVE peer advisor Simeon Barbour. “It’s to see them excel beyond college.”
The PAVE program is designed to build an environment that helps student veterans transition to student life easier and help the students’ success academically and personally.
All student veterans are automatically put into the PAVE program and given a peer advisor to inform them of the different resources provided on campus. These resources include student disabilities services, financial aid, Veterans Resource Recovery, and the Jag Pantry.
South has veteran students from many different branches of service, and students who are still serving. Student veterans are faced with different challenges than the typical college student.
“We come from a very different way of life,” SVA secretary Kennedy Hendryx stated. “It takes a lot of getting used to. This will help give others success down the road.”
The PAVE program is a collaboration of the University of Michigan, Student Veterans of America, and a network of partner campuses. It is now located on 40 campuses worldwide and has impacted over 12,000 students. It is a part of Military Support Programs and networks (M-SPAN), helping service members, veterans, and their family members by addressing the needs and challenges they face.
“If you have an issue, let us get it settled,” said Barbour. “We don’t leave our battle buddies behind.”