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ETSU named "Military Friendly" for a seventh year

ETSU Veterans Memorial

JOHNSON CITY (Nov. 11) — Victory Media has named East Tennessee State University as a 2016 Military Friendly® Institution. ETSU will appear in the “2016 Guide to Military Friendly Schools,” a publication that assists the eight million military troops and veterans eligible for GI Bill education benefits in finding the school that is right for them.

ETSU Veterans Affairs Director Mark Tipton says, “It is an honor to receive our seventh designation as a Military Friendly Institution, but our commitment to our student veterans goes far beyond the title. We strive every day to create the best environment for veterans to succeed as students and citizens, leveraging their experiences to positively impact their lives and those of the students and community around them. We accept nothing less than excellence in our service to them.”

In 1946, what was then East Tennessee State College welcomed 250 World War II veterans to study on its campus, and ETSU continues that tradition today. The university facilitates an Office of Veterans Affairs and a Veterans Upward Bound program to support students in their academic endeavors. In addition, the ETSU Veterans Affairs Standing Committee, comprised of faculty, staff and student veterans, as well as the Student Veterans of America organization, address veterans’ issues on campus.

This semester, more than 500 ETSU student veterans and eligible family members are taking advantage of GI Bill benefits to achieve their higher education goals, from undergraduate to doctoral programs.  

Alongside the Office of Veterans Affairs, the ETSU Department of Military Science has helped guide the campus toward “veteran awareness” and military appreciation in general. Since 1952, when the university’s application for an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) unit was accepted, the “Buccaneer Battalion” has commissioned over 1,400 student cadets as second lieutenants in the United States Army, including seven who have reached the general officer ranks within their respective branches..

For further information, contact Elsa Severijn, Veterans Affairs coordinator at 423-439-7161 or .  

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