Students Behind our Military (SBM)
Students Behind our Military (SBM) is a student-run organization that was founded in the fall of 2007 by Amanda “Mandi” Verlander, under the former name of Students Behind Our Soldiers (SBS). This organization was founded upon a vision to serve and give back to the brave men and women who serve in the U.S. military and their families.
The group changed to its current name in the spring of 2015 to reflect that they are not just serving soldiers but all men and women in all branches of the military. The organization’s primary activity is sending care packages overseas and assisting the Office of Military Affairs with events such as Military Family Fun Day, and Military Appreciation Month, in addition to other various community and campus events throughout the semester.
Leadership of SBM
President: Xavier Ward-Cardona
Staff Advisor: Caleb Berkland
The mission of Students Behind our Military is to create awareness and appreciation for our military and support for service members through a variety of methods such as:
- Care packages: collecting donations, packing and shipping packages overseas
- Ministering to patients in veteran hospitals and nursing homes
- Ministering to family members of those serving in the military
- Hosting campus events to raise awareness of SBM and provide opportunities for students to support military service members
- Collecting goods and blankets for homeless veterans and other various outreach efforts in the local community
There is no greater need than to support and minister to those who risk their lives daily for our freedoms. The brave men and women at the front lines protect the freedom that we all enjoy and often take for granted. Although a simple “thank you” goes a long way with these humble guardians, SBM is dedicated to doing much more by offering support and showing sincere gratitude for their sacrifice.
Students Behind our Military is approved for Christian/Community Service (CSER) credit.
Leadership & Resume’ Building Experiences
Are you passionate about God and country? Do you have a special heart for ministering to military men and women? Students Behind our Military has openings for motivated students who want to fulfill more than just minimum requirements, to go above and beyond for our military. This sometimes requires a sacrifice of time to plan, organize, and work events, but the rewards are great for those who give back to the community and country. A position with SBM will not only teach you critical job skills – such as leadership, organization, communication and problem solving – but it will also build your résumé with extracurricular activities that apply to real work/life experience.
Please contact us at SBM@liberty.edu for more information on how to get involved with SBM!