Student Veteran Organization

The purpose of SVO is to provide PAU's military veteran students with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation; to provide veteran and non-veteran students with information on veterans' issues, including behavioral health related research and military/veteran cultural concerns; and to link veteran and non-veteran students with the local veteran community through events and volunteering opportunities.

SVO is open to anyone interested in the unique issues facing service members and their families – we do not require that you be a service member, only that you have a passion for, or curiosity about, veteran support, services and research.

The Student Veteran Organization is an official Chapter of the Student Veterans of America


2020-2021 Officers:

President: Erik Wendel Rice
Secretary: Alicia Torres
Treasurer: Kamini Kannan
Public Relations Officer: Kelly Re
Advisor: Lisa Harris 
Faculty Advisors: Matt Cordova, Ph.D. and Matt Yalch, Ph.D.
Program Counselors:
William Snow, Ph.D.   
(831) 246-2440
Matthew Cordova, Ph.D.
(408) 430-8300


Fall 2018 Needs Assessment Survey

Funded by a PAU Unity Grant, the Student Veterans Organization conducted an evidence-based assessment survey in Fall 2018 to all current PAU Student Military/Veteran students and student family members that reviewed student Veteran programs, and asked detailed questions regarding the needs of this population.  The results of the assessment, presented to the Palo Alto Community, is below and is being used to develop a strategic plan and collaboration with community Veteran Service Organizations.


Welcome Home: Understanding the Complex Transition and Unique Needs of Military Veterans Academic Life – a presentation by Dr. David M. Joseph, Director of the Oakland Vet Center and follow up discussion featuring a panel of PAU Student Veterans.



Incoming Students:

If you are an incoming student and would like to talk with a fellow military/veteran student about their experience, please email A board member will have a current student contact you. 


SVO Pacific Research Symposium Award:

The SVO is happy to offer an award for Research in Military Psychology at the Annual Pacific Research Forum. To be eligible for this award the student must use a military sample (Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, Veterans, or Dependents).

For more information contact