During last week’s Student Veterans of America national conference in Orlando, SVA Executive Director Michael Dakduk took a moment to recognize the contributions of two VFW staff members who have given back to the student-veterans’ community over the last few years.
from combat to college and into a career.
student-veterans’ policy initiatives.
Both Parker and Gallucci are Iraq veterans who returned from war to college campuses that seemed unprepared to meet the needs of a growing student-veterans’ community.
Parker, who has attended every SVA conference over the years, said he was inspired to see how the organization had grown and how new leaders consistently emerged within the student-veteran community.
Gallucci, who was a first-time conference attendee, said he longed for an SVA-like entity on his campus when he returned to the University of Rhode Island in 2004 after serving in Iraq, and that he was honored to be able to play a role in ensuring student-veterans have the resources they need to succeed in college.
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(Images: Top: VFW Deputy Legislative Director Dan Parker accepts his award from SVA Executive Director Mike Dakduk. Bottom: Dakduk presents VFW Deputy Legislative Director Ryan Gallucci with his award. Photos courtesy of Mike Figlioli.)