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The Collegiate Veterans Association at Florida State University won the Business Plan Competition at the annual national conference of Student Veterans of America, held Jan. 8-11 in San Antonio, Texas.

"We started writing this plan over a year ago and presented it last year, winning second place," said CVA President Abby Kinch, a second-year doctoral student in Florida State's Askew School of Public Administration and Policy. She co-wrote the business plan with CVA member and Veterans Student Union Director Andrew Sloan, a Master of Business Administration student in the university's College of Business

"We restructured it this year, focusing more on immediate goals that will directly affect student-veterans and the programs we have at FSU," she said.

The CVA's business plan outlined its offerings for student-veterans aimed at supporting the four-phase life cycle of a student-veteran: transition into college, retention, graduation and employment after college.

The plan outlined the CVA's accomplishments on the behalf of student-veterans over the past year, including the successful lobbying for separate pieces of state legislation. One piece allows student-veterans from any state to receive in-state tuition at Florida public universities and the other, the Honorably Discharged Veteran Graduate Assistance Program (HDVGAP), makes up for shortfalls in GI Bill of Rights housing stipends that student-veterans experience during holiday breaks.