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Veteran Education and Transition Support, or VETS, is an exciting new program at Lake Erie College whose goal is to ease the transition of the soldier from military culture to that of civilian academic



Student Veterans of America

Lake Erie College is home to its own chapter of the Student Veterans of America (SVA), Storm Vets. The Storm Vets are a part of a nationally recognized student organization that promotes and plans social, educational and cultural events throughout the academic year.
Founded in 2008, the SVA is a coalition of student veteran groups from college campuses across the United States. Major components that support the group consist of the executive staff and student veteran groups. These student groups provide peer-to-peer networks and organize campus activities for veterans attending colleges or universities. The executive staff facilitates communication between groups, connecting them to resources and state and national advocates to address common needs of the student veterans.


"All veterans will succeed in higher education, achieve their academic goals and gain meaningful employment."


  • Develop student veteran groups on college and university campuses and coordinate by region between existing groups.
  • Connect the veteran to student groups with resources
  • Advocate on behalf of student veterans at the state and national level

Lake Erie College's SVA Officers

Matt Tapassi President
Alex Palmer Vice President
Dale Hemme Secretary
Holly Poore Treasurer

Looking to make your goals a reality?

Become a member of Lake Erie College's Student Veterans of America.

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