Southside Virginia Community College student Monica McMillan has been selected to attend the 2014 Student Veterans of America Leadership Institute in Bentonville, Arkansas. She was one of 125 student veteran leaders from across the country selected to attend this program.
The 2014 SVA Leadership Institute will be held at the Wal-Mart Headquarters in Bentonville, AR. This all-expenses paid, multi-day training seminar will bring a select number of up-and-coming chapter leaders together for a unique professional development opportunity.
“I am honored that our chapter was chosen to attend out of 1000 campuses. My club advisor Tonia Talbott and my director Dean Schwartz are excited about this opportunity,” McMillan stated.
McMillan said that her “family is very military oriented,” and has many veteran and active duty family members. She signed up for the Army Reserves at age 17. “I wanted to get out of the small town of Lawrenceville to see what else the world had to offer and to serve my country,” she said.
McMillan did her Basic Training at Ft. Jackson, SC and her Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Lee, VA. McMillan then drilled with the 275th Quartermaster unit at Ft. Pickett, VA as a Food Service Specialist.
In January 2000, McMillan relocated to the 542nd Quartermaster unit in Harrisburg, PA, changing her MOS to Medical Specialist and she received additional AIT at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX. McMillan also traveled to Germany twice while serving.
In January 2003, McMillan received her Honorable Discharge.
After relocating back to Virginia in July 2012, she began working with the Veterans Rapid Response Program here at SVCC in 2013 as a Veterans Career Coach.
In November 2013 she was elected President of the Veterans Club for her chapter. This organization is open to all student Veterans, spouses and dependents of Veterans, and Veteran faculty members.
McMillan is a full time student in the Human Services Program at SVCC. McMillan is the youngest daughter of Clinton and Gwendolyn McMillan of Lawrenceville, VA, and she has two sons, Tylik McMillan, an upcoming senior at Brunswick High School who is the Battalion Commander LTC
for the JROTC program, and Jusiah Harvey, an upcoming first grader at Totaro Elementary School.