The 9th Annual SVA National Conference


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Empowering Tomorrow's Leaders.

Since 2008, the SVA National Conference has been the largest annual gathering of service members, veterans, advocates, thought-leaders, stakeholders, and supporters in higher education in the world. Student veterans, higher education professionals, alumni, and advocates will have the opportunity to learn from more than 1,500 of their peers at the beautiful Disneyland® Hotel and Resort.

The theme for this year’s conference is Empowering Tomorrow’s Leaders and attendees should expect to leave feeling inspired by our 4 General Session Speakers, our 5th Annual National Business Plan Competition, the return of the SVA Campus, our 48 breakout sessions and more.

Attendees can build their own unique experience by selecting breakout sessions to attend based off our 6 different tracks. Tracks include: Career Readiness, Chapter Management, Higher Education, Research, Student Success, and SVA.

If you want to make a difference in the lives of student veterans on America’s college campuses, #Natcon2017 is the place to be. See you in Disneyland®!


Disneyland Hotel & Disney's Grand Californian are awaiting your reservations!



Standby for some amazing posts on preparing for NatCon2017!

Final Reminders for a Positive NatCon Experience!!


Raytheon: “Making the Most of a Military Resume”


Raytheon: “Student veterans share leadership lessons learned while in uniform”


Networking – A dirty word for seeking advantage? Or the secret to helping others succeed?



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We have chapters on 1,400 campuses in all 50 states and 4 countries. Please join us on our journey!


Student Veterans of America has negotiated special rates at both the Disneyland® Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel for NatCon attendees.


Disneyland® Hotel:  $179/night plus taxes (15%)

Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel:  $189/night plus taxes (15%)

These special rates are available until December 14, 2016, so be sure to book today!

Please note, all conference activities will take place at the Disneyland® Hotel, and Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel is located a short walk across Downtown Disney® from the Disneyland® Hotel.



John Wayne/Orange County Airport (SNA):  Distance to hotel: 14 miles

Long Beach Airport (LBG):  Distance to hotel: 21 miles

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX):  Distance to hotel: 34 miles

Ground Transportation

Disneyland® Resort Express (800.828.6699)

Super Shuttle Van Service (800.200.6655)

Alamo Car Rental:  Located at Downtown Disney®

Yellow Cab (800.535.2211)

Driving in?  Self-parking at the Disneyland® Hotel is $15.00 per car, per night and valet parking is $28.00 per car, per night with in and out privileges.

Frequently Asked Questions

SVA will provide the following meals for the conference:
  • Thursday
    • Welcome Reception + Light hors-d'oeuvres in the SVA Campus
  • Friday
    • Continental Breakfast in the SVA Campus
    • Lunch in the SVA Campus
    • Career Fair + Light hors doeuvres in the SVA Campus
  • Saturday
    • Continental Breakfast in the SVA Campus
    • Lunch in the SVA Campus
    • Awards Banquet Dinner
(Please note that any room service meals will not be covered by SVA.)
Manny chapters have successfully lobbied for and received funding from their institutions to attend the conference in the past. Attached is a form letter we’ve adapted from some of their past experiences in order to help you secure funding. Please reach out to your chapter liaison at 202-223-4710 for additional assistance in securing funding to pay for the trip.
Disneyland® Express operated by Grayline/Couch USA
  • Rates (One Way):
    • From SNA - $17.00/adult and $14.00/child (ages 3-11)
    • From LAX - $22.00/adult and $19.00/child (ages 3-11)
  • Rates (Round Trip)
    • From SNA - $28.00/adult and $18.00/child (ages 3-11)
    • From LAX - $32.00/adult and $25.00/child (ages 3-11)
  • Super Shuttle
    • Rates:
      • From SNA - $10.00/person
      • From LAX - $16.00/person
      • From LBG - $35.00 first person, $9.00 each additional person
Check in time is 4:00 pm and check out time in 11:00 am.
Yes, the adult pool is open from 8AM-10PM daily and the water attractions are open, weather permitting. Hours vary by season.
The Resort has a strict non-smoking policy
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided to all SVA attendees who book their hotel room in the NatCon17 room block.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi is also provided in the hotel lounge and common areas (such as the main lobby).
Yes, the Resort has a fitness center that is free of charge to all SVA attendees who have booked their hotel reservation in the NatCon room block. You must be a guest of the Disneyland® Resort to use the on property fitness center.
ADA accessible rooms must be requested when you book your reservation. Accommodations include: Roll-in showers with removable shower head wands.
  • Lower sinks with deeper undercounter space for leg room.
  • Lower peep holes.
  • Door bells.
  • Smoke alarms are both audio and visual.
  • Doors have an easy-assist mechanism that requires much less effort to open.
  • Doors have a delay-close mechanism, which allows more time to pass through the entry before it begins closing.
  • All doors, are to accommodate wheelchairs, glider-walkers, and standard scooters.
  • An outside area will be designated for service animal relief, with bags, and trash receptacles for handlers to clean up after their animals.


We have experts standing by to discuss our 2017 National Conference, the Post 9/11 GI Bill, tuition, career readiness, mentorship, and just about anything else higher education related you need assistance with.

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