[Podcast] #32: Kate Tillotson – Marine Veteran, Student Veteran of the Year


Each year, at their national convention, Student Veterans of America announces a Student Veteran of the Year. This award is competitive and quite prestigious as the Veterans considered have impressive resumes as service members and as student Veterans. 2017’s Student Veteran of the Year is Kate Tillotson, a Marine Veteran currently attending University of Tulsa.

Kate served in the Marine Corps for four years as a Radio Operator. After she got out, she began pursuing higher education. Now, she’s the president of her Veterans group on campus. Kate talks to us about growing and developing her SVA chapter to be one of the most active groups on campus.

Covered in Episode 32:

  • Recap of #VeteranChat on Twitter and Life Insurance chat on Got Your 6
  • Interview with Marine Veteran Kate Tillotson
    • Why she joined the Marine Corps
    • Her experience in the Marines
    • Going from military to student life
    • Challenges of being a student Veteran
    • Growing and developing her SVA chapter on campus
  • Finding your campus’ SVA chapter or student Veterans group
  • #VeteranOfTheDay Marine Veteran Robert Consulmagno

The #VApodcast is now available in iTunes, Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and Spotify. Search “Borne the Battle” in your podcast app of choice to subscribe.


Timothy Lawson

Timothy Lawson has been a member of VA’s Digital Media Engagement team since April 2016 and is the host of VA’s official podcast, Borne the Battle. He graduated from American University’s School of Communications in 2016 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tim is a Marine Corps Veteran having served as a Marine Security Guard posted at embassies in Algeria, Russia, and Peru.


  1. Al Lohn    

    The Prize of Freedom!

    Freedom, I gave you my husband,
    You gave me a neatly folded flag.
    Oh, what a trade!

    Freedom, I gave you a courageous heart,
    You gave me a few well-chosen words.
    Oh, what a trade!

    Freedom, I gave you the love of my life,
    You gave me a medal on a blue ribbon with thirteen white stars.
    Oh, what a trade!

    They played taps and lowered his body into a cold grave,
    Oh, what a price to pay for freedom.

    They called him a fallen hero,
    They called me the fallen hero’s widow.
    They called his child the fallen hero’s son,
    Oh, what a price to pay for freedom!
    Al Lohn

  2. Gary bakka    

    The veteran administration is getting harder for the veteran to use when you are 70 some miles away. Glasses, u can get exam out of va but half to go to hospital to get glasses. Shoes are only at hospital now and no travel pay. It is a burden on vet. Please change please CHANGE. THANK U

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