The Student Veteran Organization (SVO) began as an idea from a discussion between Nathaniel Donnelly and Michael Kilmer during summer 2006 at the San Diego Vet Center about student veteran needs. It was determined that an organization to represent the large number of student veterans at San Diego State University was a necessity if student veterans were going to increase their quality of life.
Nathaniel Donnelly took this idea into action and established the SVO on November 27, 2006 during his first semester at SDSU. He built the organization’s infrastructure, including an executive board of fellow student veterans. Since then, SVO membership has grown to more than 600 while the campus population of student veterans has grown to more than 1,000.
SVO has participated in many activities since its inception, including the foundation of the Student Veterans of America in January 2008 and the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, which gained the majority of its support from student veterans in the San Diego and Los Angeles areas. SDSU veterans also received a new home in the SDSU Veterans Center that opened in July 2008.
Most recently, the SDSU Veterans House has opened on campus and provides living and meeting space for more than 20 veterans, ROTC cadets, and dependents. Over the years, SVO has received numerous national awards and recognition including the Student Veterans of America’s 2008 Chapter of the Year award.
SVO supports future community leaders who have already shown their dedication and devotion to the values for which our nation stands. These student veterans deserve a voice, and the Student Veteran Organization will continue to provide them the opportunity to be heard.
2006-2007 Nathaniel Donnelly
2007-2008 Ivo Moreno
2008-2009 Peter Salas
2009-2010 Matt Sulamo
2010 Ericka Korb
2010 Nathaniel Donnelly
2010-2011 Tess Banko
2012 Todd Kennedy
2012-2013 Steve Scott