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UNLV Trainee Veteran Gets National Acknowledgment

If Alexandria Sawin’s 4-year-old daughter Isabelle has dreams of becoming a musician-astronaut, she’ll support and motivate her.

It’s the leading reason she decided to end up being the first female president of the UNLV Rebel Vets Organization in 2018.

” I wished to reveal her that she can do anything,” Sawin stated. “I like having the ability to show females that we can do anything.”

Sawin’s title was offered a boost on Jan. 5 when the Student Veterans of America (SVA) called her the Trainee Veteran of the Year for 2018, a nationwide recognition. She was picked among a list of 10 finalists.

” My brain did not process that they had actually called my name,” Sawin said. “I feared for 2 seconds. You never think you’re going to get an award when you’re up versus all of these incredible trainees.”

But Sawin’s contributions to UNLV and veterans throughout 2018 made her the best choice for the award.

” Alexandria Sawin is a fitting example of the quality of the trainee veterans who participate in UNLV,” said Ross Bryant, director of the Military and Veteran Solutions Center at UNLV. “This award acknowledges her strong work principles, her record of academic quality, her commitment to student veterans, and her ability to lead her Rebel Veterinarian group. We’re proud that she was chosen for this honor.”

Sawin, who began acting as president of Rebel Vets in January 2018, said arranging a ruck march across Nevada for the 6,950 service members killed in action given that 9/11 was her most substantial contribution. She also participated in policy discussions and advocated for numerous veteran-focused costs, consisting of the Hire Trainee Veterans Act.

She stated the honor she got from SVA is one to be shared with her fellow Rebel Vets. SVA, which has more than 1,500 chapters at colleges across the U.S. and four countries overseas, likewise recognized the Rebel Vets as a finalist for Chapter of the Year.

” I like that the award has permitted the Rebels Vets to get out there and for everybody to see all of the amazing things that we do,” Sawin said. “It actually shows all of the effort that my organization puts in. It was certainly a group effort.”

Prior to going to UNLV, Sawin served on active duty in the U.S. Flying force for seven years. In 2016, she transitioned into the Air Force Reserve at Nellis Air Force Base.

About UNLV Military and Veteran Solutions Center

UNLV has more than 1,850 active-duty, reserve or veteran military trainees on school. Most have gotten tuition advantages through the Post 9/11 G.I. Expense. UNLV is recognized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a VetSuccess school and designated a military friendly school by G.I. Jobs Magazine. UNLV has also re-engaged with Nellis Flying force Base and offers on-base recommending and courses for active-duty military. UNLV also recently introduced a Rebel Veterans Alumni Club, which uses present and previous student veterans an opportunity to network with one another and learn about opportunities available to veterans in Southern Nevada.

Find out more at unlv.edu/veterans.