August 16, 2010
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Phyllis Noah, Communications Coordinator
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740)
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Shawnee State Student Named First Director of Women
Veterans for National Organization
The Shawnee Student Veteran’s Association (SSVA), a chapter
of the Student Veterans of America (SVA), is quickly
becoming known nationally because of its President Andrea
Werner, of Wheelersburg.
She has been
attending national conferences this summer in Michigan,
Chicago, Ill., and Kansas City, Missouri, and was recently
named national director of Women Veterans Initiatives and
Advocacy for SVA.
“Out of 23
million veterans in the United States, 1.8 million are
females,” Werner said.
her involvement, Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray’s
office contacted Werner to discuss what could be done in the
state of Ohio to help women veterans. She also met with the
Ohio Department of Veteran’s Services in Columbus and now
serves on the Advisory Committee for Women Veterans in the
state of Ohio.
currently working on sending out a survey nationwide to all
of our chapters,” Werner said.
She will be
going to the SVA National Conference in Washington, D.C.
with the data compiled from the survey with the main
concerns of women veterans who are going to school.
SVA was formed in 2008 by a student veteran at the
University of Michigan. He realized there were others who
needed support during the transition into college and
decided to start a veteran’s organization at the university.
He wanted to find information and connect student veterans
on behalf of student veterans at the state and national
level,” Werner said. “The SVA lobbied in Washington and
helped push through the new Post 9/11 G.I. Bill.”
documentary is being produced out of Los Angeles on women
and violence in the military where Werner will be appearing.
She is doing an interview that is planned to be part of the
Shawnee, we are working with Admissions to track our
veterans a little better,” Werner said. “On the new
Admissions form, we have a better way of tracking our
veterans. We want to reach out to our veterans and let them
know we are here if they need us.”
was recently recognized in G.I. Jobs magazine as a “military
friendly” school. Werner was recognized in the magazine as a
founder and president of the Shawnee Veteran’s Association.
“It shed some
light on Shawnee State and hopefully will draw in more
veterans,” Werner said. “Especially the ones getting ready
to get out of service, they will see that Shawnee State is a
military friendly school and they may choose to come here.”