VETERAN AGGIE LEADERS FOR OUTREACH, RESEARCH & RESOURCES
Veteran Aggie Leaders for Outreach, Research, & Resources (VALOR2) is a peer led outreach program that engages student veterans to assess and align critical resource needs to facilitate academic, financial, personal, and career success during the transitions to, through, and beyond Texas A&M.
The mission of VALOR2 is to empower Aggie Veterans to facilitate their own success by engaging with fellow student veteran leaders to provide evaluation, feedback, and input on the programs and resources that are critical to their holistic success. Stay tuned for all the ways to engage with VALOR2 this fall and meet the team!
HOW WE ENGAGE
Periodically, we will send out surveys to the student veteran population to gather pertinent information to help drive programming and topics for deeper conversation through other engagement opportunities. These are typically issued through Qualtrics and participation remains anonymous. We deeply appreciate student veterans' time and effort in responding.
Questionnaires will focus on a particular topic and aim to measure the behavior, attitudes, preferences, opinions, and/or intentions of student veterans surrounding that topic. These may be sent out via email, available to you in the VRSC, or provided to you at a VRSC or SVA event. Answers to these will remain anonymous, and the information we receive will be used to enhance the programs, services, and events offered by the VRSC and SVA.
Our interviews consist of open-ended questions focus around a particular topic or two to gauge about opinions on the topic(s) at hand. These will generally take place either in-person at random locations across campus or over the phone. Feedback received is used collectively and remains anonymous.
Focus Groups will consist of up to eight participants and will be an ongoing effort lasting a semester. A topic is identified at the start and opinions and attitudes toward a topic are collected. As the semester goes on, periodic group sessions will allow for opportunities to provide updated thoughts and views on the topic, as well as feedback on how/if the topic has improved or is being addressed. While participation amongst fellow group members is known, group participant names are not listed anywhere and information will be used collectively and anonymously.
Round Table Talks are open to up to 15 participants and will focus on a particular topic. These are informal, open forum discussions where student veterans can examine and present feedback on experiences surrounding the topic that relate to their personal experiences at TAMU.
FALL 2022 ROUND TABLES
Oct. 4th - Transition Experiences
Oct. 19th - Financial Well-being
Nov. 3rd - Family Dynamics (as it relates to student veterans with families)
Nov. 18th - Concerns in the Classroom (FINAL ROUND TABLE OF THE SEMESTER)
AREAS OF FOCUS
Our topics will fall under one or more of the four pillars of success under the VRSC Support Philosophy - Academic, Financial, Well-Being, and Career. Example Topic: Needs/Concerns of Student Veterans with Families. Discussion/questions would cover childcare costs (Financial), lack of quiet space to focus (Academic), etc.
MEET DAVID HANEY
2022-23 VALOR2 Student Coordinator
David Haney is an Army veteran pursuing his BS in History with a minor in Geographic Information Systems. He is a embodies our Core Values and Aggie Spirit with his passion for serving his fellow student veterans and enhancing their Aggie experience. A family man with a wife and daughter, David understands the various challenges that arise for student veterans with familial obligations, as well as those who returning to academics after more than "a few" years. David became involved in our original VALOR program and through his experiences, has provided the VRSC with the insight we needed to evolve the program into one that not only connects student veterans with resources, but proactively seeks feedback and engagement needs from our ever growing and changing student veteran population. He hopes to connect with you during his different outreach components and wants his fellow student veterans to know he is always available to them. David can often be found in the VRSC, out and about on campus, or can be reached at
2022-23 Veteran Peer Leaders
Shane Clarke is a Michigan native and Marine Corps veteran of 9 yrs currently pursuing his Bachelors in Construction Science. He has a passion for focusing on student veteran needs and helping them discover what resources are available to them. Shane chose to be a VALOR Leader to ensure student veterans' voices are heard and to assist TAMU in identifying needs and creating valuable resources to benefit student veterans in academic and future career success.