New veterans organization on CCC campus

CCC student veteran James Tallant helped start a chapter of Student Veterans of America on campus.

 

Flagstaff, Ariz. -- James Tallant joined the U.S. Army at 18 straight out of high school. He is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran.

He’s currently a student at Coconino Community College, and it is through his work and the work of others that a new student-veteran organization has come to the College.

CCC was approved in late June as a chapter member in Student Veterans of America, a nonprofit that is a national coalition of veterans organizations at more than 1,350 colleges in all 50 states. SVA is dedicated to promoting veteran collegiate educational goals.

“The idea is creating a foundation of support that veterans can use to bolster their education through college,” Tallant said.

SVA is intended to be inclusive of all veterans at CCC, whether they served in war time or peace time, Tallant added.

“It’s too easy for veterans groups to start losing an inclusiveness,” Tallant said, adding that, often, veterans groups can start to restrict the categories of veterans who may be members. That is not the intent for SVA. “We want to include as wide a spectrum of vets as possible.”

Tallant, a CCC2NAU student, is working toward an associate degree in Network Engineering. When he transitions to NAU, he will work toward a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology Management. He briefly served as president of the chapter, but he had to step back to focus on family and his studies. He continues to be a member.

Charli Hausam, CCC Financial Aid and Veteran Advisor, said that Tallant was instrumental in getting the project off the ground. He spearheaded the effort to create the governing documents for the chapter, setting up points of contact and being recognized by CCC as an organization.

Tallant said that he heard that Northern Arizona University had a SVA chapter, so he decided to research what it would take to create a chapter at CCC. He reached out to the NAU chapter president and moved forward with CCC staff for a CCC chapter.

According to information from Student Veterans of America, having a chapter at a college gives veterans a variety of benefits, including scholarships, peer-to-peer support, professional development, advocacy and more.

Tallant said the next steps are to set aside a more dedicated veteran space at CCC and “connecting the dots” of SVA resources and the CCC student-veteran population. The intent is to create a “dynamic” support group to respond to the needs of the veterans. Monthly meetings need to be planned, and elections for president, vice president and secretary/treasurer need to take place. More members are sought as well.

“Anybody seeking to be a part of should get in touch with Charli,” Tallant said, smiling.

For more information about Student Veterans of America, visit studentveterans.org. If interested in becoming a member of the CCC chapter or volunteering for one of the officer positions, contact Tallant through CCC Veterans Services at (928) 226-4309, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Date
Wednesday, 30th November 2016
 
 

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