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Student Veteran Association

Mission Statement

The Student Veterans Association (SVA) at TAMUG provides assistance as well as resources for transitioning military personnel.  Our mission is to create a comfortable social, and informational environment for veterans while they transition to academia.

Our Chapter at a Glance

We are extremely excited that you have chosen to make Texas A&M Galveston your new home, and thank you for your brave service to our country. Balancing college with a busy work schedule, and adjusting to civilian life, can be a lot to manage all at once.  One reason our chapter exists, is to aid new and current veterans in the transition process, and the overall college experience.  As many of our members represent the various backgrounds in the military climate, we seek to model excellence on and off campus, to serve as role models for the student body and to people in the community.  With 86 veterans currently on campus, and more applying each semester, we represent a substantial part of the TAMUG student life.  The TAMUG-SVA has a fantastic network of AD-JUNCT personnel who are always nearby to lend a helping hand, as well as an extensive list of resources on and off campus.  Additionally, the SVA participates in community events several times a year, by way of Big Event and community fund raising. 

Our membership meets Thursdays at noon, in the Northen Banquet Room located in the Mary Moody Northen Student Center.  

We always welcome new veterans and look forward to assisting in your new scholastic career!  If you need resources or assistance, ASK!! The SVA leadership is here to make this the best experience possible!

    • President:  Bobbie Suarez (suarezb83@gmail.com)

    • Vice President:  Alejandro Salgado

    • Secretary:  John Stencil

    • Treasurer:  John Comacho

Veteran Mentors on Campus

  • Maj. General Bill McClain, Special Assistant to the CEO, 409.740.4402, mcclainb@tamug.edu
  • Buzz Refugio, Assistant Director for Responsible Citizenship, 409.740.4771, buzz@tamu.edu

Since our inception in 2008, SVA has operated and is structured as a member-driven organization. We are continuously looking for ways to better serve and support student veterans. Come and join us at our local events, or meet us around campus.