Eric Gage joined the professional staff of Student Veterans of America as Program Manager in April 2015, and currently serves as the Director of Chapter Services. In 2001, Gage enlisted in the South Dakota Air National Guard and specialized in ground combat, base security and law enforcement, deploying nine times in support of the Global War on Terror. Between deployments, he worked to continue his education at the University of South Dakota. In 2012, Mr. Gage earned a Bachelors Degree in History from the University of South Dakota, where he served as President of the SVA Chapter for three years. He brings a wealth of experience from running this chapter to his position with SVA, and knows firsthand the positive impact that SVA programs can have on chapters. Mr. Gage prides himself in developing meaningful programs that bring value to education and empowers veterans on their campuses by applying his experience as a student veteran.
It’s no secret that the transition from military to student life isn’t always easy. But there are a number of resources and opportunities for student veterans as they head to school. One resource that stands out to me as I worked toward my education was my Student Veterans of America chapter’s vet center.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.