Southern Vermont College

The Southern Vermont College Office of Veteran Services is committed to working with veterans and military-connected family members. The office assists prospective students with the admissions and enrollment process, including veteran benefits. The Director of Veterans' Scholar Program (VSP) serves as a resource, liaison and advocate for veteran students, as well as a resource for campus staff to better serve veteran students.

•    Staff and faculty training covers issues common to veterans so that all SVC staff and faculty are able to interface well with student veterans.
•    SVC’s new student orientation includes time set aside for incoming student veterans to meet with the Director of the Veterans' Scholar Program and hear firsthand the veteran support structures SVC has.
•    Calendar of Events: Keeping student veterans abreast of the calendar of events, including special events they may want to participate in.
•    Family-friendly events so that student veterans with families can include them in activities.
•    The SVC VSP actively participates in the VALOR (Veterans Academy of Learning Opportunities for Residents) Program at the Vermont Veterans' Home in Bennington. SVC Student Veterans who desire to participate in enriching the lives of residents of the VT Veterans' Home are actively encouraged to do so.
•    New student veterans are presented an SVC Challenge Coin in front of their friends and family to further reinforce the fact that they are an integral part of SVC and the VSP.

In the News

Article in Rutland Herald: "Marine will lead SVC program for vets"

John Miles, Director of Veterans' Scholar Program


Lieutenant Colonel John Miles has joined the SVC staff as Program Director of the Veterans' Scholar Program. John comes to us from Norfolk, VA, and has been with the United States Marine Corps for 25 years and currently holds his rank in the reserves. As full-time Program Director, John is here to advocate for veterans and help them navigate the admissions, financial aid, and enrollment process to ensure they have the tools needed to achieve academic success. Call or e-mail John today for more information on the program. Previously John served as Executive Officer (2nd in command)/Marine Officer Instructor at the SUNY Maritime NROTC Unit, in the Bronx, NY, where he was responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the only NROTC unit serving New York City. (The unit was comprised of ten staff members and approximately 200 students attending three colleges: SUNY Maritime College, Fordham, and Molloy Universities.) He also functioned as an Assistant Professor of Naval Science within the university faculty, where he taught 300- and 400-level classes on Military History, Leadership and Management, and Expeditionary Operations. John has served two deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Southern Vermont College is a member of Student Veterans of America.

The SVCVA is an official chapter of Student Veterans of America and is committed to supporting student Veterans on campus and beyond.