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Lamar Veterans Organization nationally affiliated

The Lamar Veterans Organization (LVO) is now nationally affiliated with the Student Veterans Association (SVA).

The LVO was first chartered in 2008. The SVA is a 501(c)(3) organization with more than 800 branches dedicated to providing military veterans with resources and support for pursuing higher education.

“The affiliation process for the SVA is quite simple, actually,” said Eric Matthews, LVO advisor. “There are three steps to becoming a chapter. We had to create a governing document; have a dedicated local contact person and email account; and, finally, be an officially recognized student group of the university.”

Matthews said the affiliation will help the LVO receive grants, leadership training and advocacy of student veteran needs on a national level, as well as benefiting its members.

“The SVA partners with other military veteran organizations and corporations such as the American Legion, AT&T, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Microsoft, Disney and Google to provide support, scholarships and job opportunities for veterans,” Matthews said.

Matthews said the mission of the LVO is to provide support to veterans, active duty and their families, and the organization is open to all who want to help.

“One of our former members called it ‘Rucksacks to Backpacks,’ and I think that’s an apt motto for the group. It isn’t always an easy transition from the disciplined life of the military to the more relaxed atmosphere of a college campus, and the LVO hopes to make that change as easy as possible,” Matthews said.

For more information on LVO, visit the Veteran Affairs Office in room 101 of the Wimberly Building, email the group at or visit the group website at