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Summer certifications begin on April 6, 2015

Submit a copy of your 1) Concise Student Schedule and 2) Tuition Deferment  (form found here) to the VA office to be certified for Summer terms on or after April 6, 2015.  Resident students, please bring a copy of your schedule to our office in Burgin-Dossett Hall, Room 101A, and complete your deferment form.  Online students may scan and email both documents to: VA@ETSU.EDU or fax them to: 423.439.6604 for your convenience. Call the VA office @ 423.439.6819 if you have any questions or to verify receipt.

Sign up for Summer 2015 priority registration by March 5 at 8 am!

Veterans:  If you sign up for priority registration, you may register as soon as registration opens on April 6, rather than waiting until your appointed time.  This has only been approved for veterans using GI Bill benefits and does not apply to dependents.  The sign-up form is in our office.  We cannot accept any requests over the phone or by e-mail unless you are a distance learning student.  The deadline is firm:  March 5 at 8 am. 

September 11, 2014 -- ETSU medical student named 2014 Tillman Military Scholar

James Johnston, a second year student at East Tennessee State University's Quillen College of Medicine, has been named a Tillman Military Scholar.  Johnston is studying to become an emergency room doctor is now one of just 58 individuals in the country to receive this honor from the Pat Tillman Foundation.

Read more: Quillen medical student named a 2014 Tillman Military
Scholar | Johnson City Press

June 14, 2014 -- U.S. Army celebrates 239th Birthday with NHRA event at Bristol

239th Birthday Tony Schumacher  

BRISTOL, TN -- The U.S. Army celebrated its 239th birthday by bringing “The Sarge” to Bristol International Raceway for the 14th Annual Ford National Hot Rod Association Thunder Valley Nationals June 13-15. Nine-time National Champion Tony Schumacher drove “The Sarge” to the second elimination round before going up in smoke. During the weekend event Schumacher and Soldiers from the local area along with NHRA fans took time to cut a birthday cake. 

 June 5, 2014 -- Sue Reed: A career of servanthood

Sue Reed

JOHNSON CITY (June 5, 2014) – Sue Reed will be the first to tell you that she doesn’t like being in the spotlight, and she admits there are some stories from her past that not many people know about.

She dropped out of high school at the age of 17. She became a widow when she was 23. (Complete Story)

 May 29, 2014 -- Veteran in the spotlight

Susan Chambers  Mr and Mrs Chambers

Name:                                    Susan Chambers        

Branch:                                  U.S. Marines

Home of Record:                     Los Angeles, CA

Service:                                  2009-2013, Radio Operator with Marine Air Support Squadron 3, Camp Pendleton, CA, deployed ISO Operation Enduring Freedom 2011-2012, Currently a Sergeant/E5 in the Reserves.

What brought you to ETSU?     My husband dragged me…Ha! Ha! JK! Seriously, ETSU has a great VA program and people willing to really help Veterans out. I am currently a recipient of the Yellow Ribbon Scholarship due to out-of-state residency.

Field of Study:                         Major: Biology Minor: Criminal Justice

Future Goals:                          Go for a Forensic Technician career

Hobbies:                                 Surfing, longboarding, snowboarding

Why should veterans attend ETSU?  They are always taken care of here. People who work in the VA are actual vets so we personally know about the military to civilian transition and the process and difficulty of it.



May 28, 2014 --  Jobs remain flat, great reason for Veterans to stay in school

Callan-Gray By Callan Gray,

Veterans hit hard by area's job loss



May 24, 2014 --  ETSU's Student Veterans of America chapter will participate in a fundraiser for Brayden who was involved in a tragic accident earlier this month.

Photos of the event

More about Brayden Altmann's accident

Photo: This is our next event. Please show some support if you can. 



May 23, 2014 -- ETSU's Kevin Flanary, Director of Veterans Affairs, provides insight on the proposed Desert Shield/Desert Storm National War Memorial (watch video).

Flanary comments



May 19, 2014 --  Flanary returns from briefing Gov. Haslam’s Veterans Education Task Force

Kevin Flanary, ETSU’s Director of Veterans Affairs, recently returned from Memphis where he informed Veterans Education Task Force members about ETSU’s Veterans program, emphasizing the importance of “Veterans Supporting Veterans” and the “Buccaneer Hero Scholarship” which eliminates up to 60% of out-of-state tuition for military dependents using GI Bill benefits. Call 423.439.6819 and talk to an ETSU Veterans Affairs representative to answer any questions or concerns you may have concerning GI Bill benefits.

Veteran Education Task Force

Kevin Flanary (left) ETSU's Director of Veterans Affairs, listens as Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (center) discusses Veterans education opportunities during a recent meeting in Memphis. State Senator Mark Norris (right), District 32, is the sponsor of Tennessee Senate Bill 1433, Tennessee Veterans Education Transition Support Act (TN VETS) which will allow recently discharged Veterans from any state to pay in-state tuition at Tennessee public colleges and universities. The new legislation will take effect July 1, 2014.



May 3rd, 2014 -- ETSU Student Veterans of America Chapter Volunteer

Helping out a local Vietnam Veteran is what Joshua "BigBubba" Shepherd and many others did on May 3rd. Joshua is the President of the ETSU Veterans of America Student Chapter who came to the aid of a Veteran who needed to move into a new residence but lacked the means of assistance. The SVA took it upon themselves, providing their valuable time and vehicles, making the move happen -- Thanks to all of the volunteers!!!!!! More photos can be found on the ETSU SVA FB site.

SVA Help SVA help 2

All Veterans to pay in-state tuition rates as of July 1, 2014

Regardless of a veterans home-of-record or the state discharged in -- worry no more! Tennessee now provides veterans discharged within the last 24 months in-state tuition and fees  (Read More).



April 1, 2013 -- Veterans Entrepreneurship Project Team seeks input from veterans concerning business opportunities.

Research is underway gathering data to understand veteran preferences for entrepreneurship and business ownership educational training in the East Tennessee State University (ETSU) veteran population. The survey is sponsored by the ETSU Business Department and should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. All Veterans attending ETSU will receive the survey in their Goldmail accounts. The deadline for answering the survey is April 10. The Veterans Entrepreneurship Project Team will conduct a formal presentation of their findings at the conclusion of the study.



December 14, 2013 -- Brian “Doc” Wilson graduates ETSU 

Brian Willson is congratulated by Phil Mehringer (left), Veterans Outreach Coordinator, and Kevin Flanary (right), Director of Veterans Affairs, prior to the Fall 2013 graduation ceremony in ETSU’s mini-dome. Wilson is an OIF veteran and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and plans to continue his education at ETSU by earning a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy. Watch what Brian Wilson has to say about ETSU.

Doc Wilson Graduates


  November 10, 2013 - Veterans Day 5k at ETSU


JOHNSON CITY – The Student Veterans of America organization at East Tennessee State University is hosting its inaugural Veterans Day 5K run on Sunday, Nov. 10.  Registration and check-in will begin at 9 a.m. and the race will start at 11 a.m.

The event is open to all ETSU students and employees, as well as anyone in the community.

The registration fee prior to Nov. 10 is $20.  Those who register the day of the event will pay $30.  Proceeds will used to support projects for the ETSU Student Veterans of America organization.

Forms are available in the Veterans Affairs office on the first floor of Burgin Dossett Hall, which is the ETSU administration building.  Completed forms and registration money will be accepted there, as well.

Following the race, participants will be invited to enjoy cake in celebration of the "birthday" of the U.S. Marine Corps, which was established on Nov. 10, 1775.

Race Results



November 8, 2013 -- ETSU Celebrates Veterans Day

Hundreds of faculty, staff, students and invited guests gathered to celebrate Veterans Day near the Veterans Memorial at ETSU today. Guest speaker was ETSU alumni, class of 1964, Lt. Gen. Ronald V. Hite, USA (Retired). 



The ETSU Office of The Registrar is pleased to announce the grand opening of the ETSU Veteran's Lounge.

Grand Opening/ Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Outside Yoakley Hall
NOON FRIDAY March 8th,2013

Refreshments to follow

If you have any questions, please contact the ETSU Office of Veteran Affairs
Phil Mehringer - VA Outreach Coordinator 439-6848
Kevin Flanary -VA Coordinator 439-6819



Veteran Priority Registration Reminder for Summer/ Fall 13 Terms

This is a reminder regarding the email that was sent a few weeks ago to any ETSU students who are receiving Veteran Educational Benefits. If you wish to utilize the option to have priority registration for the upcoming Summer and Fall Terms you must sign the request roster located in our office (101A Burgin-Dossett Hall) no later than this Thursday March 7th at 10:00 am. The Registration Department personnel were gracious enough to extend our report date until then. No requests for priority registration will be considered after this Thursday at 10:00 am. If you wish to sign the request roster please come by our office prior to then to ensure your name is submitted. If you are not already receiving Veteran Educational Benefits, but are a Veteran, you will simply need to bring a copy of your DD-214 and your student ID with you when you sign the roster. This is for Veterans only, and not for dependents unfortunately.


VA Work Study Opportunities for Spring 2013 Term

There are currently several VA Work Study positions open at the VA Mountain Home Medical Center, and our office will also be accepting applications as well. You must be receiving veteran educational benefits such as;The Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33),Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (MGIB-AD) (Chapter 30,)Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) (Chapter 1606),Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) (Chapter 1607),Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA) (Chapter 35), or The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program (Chapter 31) 

To qualify you must also be enrolled in classes at no lower than a ¾ time rate of pursuit.

Applicants who are interested in opportunities with our office at ETSU should come by in person to pick up an application.

Applicants who are interested in opportunities at the VAMC should contact;

Candiace A. Ramirez
Human Resources Assistant (P&R)
James H. Quillen VA Medical Center
Mountain Home, Tennessee 37684
Phone (423) 926-1171, ext. 7181
Fax (423) 979-3540



ETSU Veteran Recognized on CNN HLN

Elsa Severijn, a veteran who served in Afghanistan, and an ETSU student majoring in Political Science was recently showcased on CNN Headline News. The channel was showing photos of Veterans and their military team members as part of their salute to the troops to honor Veterans Day this past week. On behalf of the Veteran Affairs office at ETSU, thank you Elsa for your devotion to country, and for choosing this university for your educational needs.


(Veterans' Day, 2011 - Bagram Airfield, Parwan Province, RC-East, Afghanistan (OEF XII)489th Civil Affairs and 1st Cavalry Division American Soldiers, a Task Force La Fayette French officer, and several Afghan interpreters pose with a homemade flag in front of the Coalition Forces 9/11 monument at the Joint Operations Center at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.)


ETSU to Hold 2012 Veterans Day Ceremony Friday, November 9th, 2012 at 11:11 AM (Brooks Gym)

 ETSU Veterans Day Ceremony

Attention students who are Army Reserve and National Guard Members !!! Important (Mobilization Info)

We are aware that several local units have received warning orders for the likelihood of an activation coming soon to assist in support operations for Hurricane Sandy. We understand that the tour length of the mobilizations are not easily predictable at this time due to the recovery efforts and clean up requirements on the east coast. Our office will assist anyway we can in the event that you are mobilized to make the transition as smooth as possible regarding your veteran educational benefits. It is the responsibility of the service member to keep this office notified in the event of an activation, and to supply our office with a copy of your mobilization orders. I completely understand that sometimes orders are delayed, but you can fax or email them to our office. Once we receive those we take care of notifying the VA. It is highly recommended that you contact us if you need information on the steps to take regarding the classes you are currently enrolled in if you are activated. Good luck and thank you for your efforts. Posted 11/5/2012

Veterans Upward Bound-  If you are not already familiar with this dedicated team of professionals you should go to the following link

ETSU Receives 2013 "Veteran Friendly" Honors

 ETSU Veterans Affairs Coordinator Kevin Flanary says, "We are proud to have received this award for the past four consecutive years, but we are even more honored and humbled to assist America's heroes as they transition from combat to the classroom. Being identified as Military Friendly is not just a title, but a responsibility that we take very seriously."

  Priority Registration

In April 2012 the State of Tennessee passed a law requiring that military veterans who are current residents of this state or whose home of record for military purposes is Tennessee receive priority registration at public institutions of higher learning. In response to that law, East Tennessee State University will allow all veteran students to priority register for the spring 2013 semester. Please email our office at if you wish to participate in priority registration. We must have a copy of your DD-214 on file to approve and have received your email request no later than October 1st, 2012. This benefit is solely for Veterans and not dependents.

For more information about this law, please visit:

Announcement: VA Representative Visit and Interviews

Melissa Cole, Education Liaison Representative (St Louis Education Services Unit)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will be available on  Tuesday, September 25, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. to conduct individual student interviews. These interviews will focus on your experience at our school, not on individual benefit issues or problems. I encourage you to participate. Please remember for benefit issues please call 1-888-GIBILL-1. Participation is strictly voluntary.

If you would like to meet with her during the above listed times, please notify our office by email for scheduling assistance at    no later than 2pm on Monday September 24th.

Veterans Readmission to ETSU due to Active Duty Service 

The Higher Education Act provides that an institution of higher education may not deny readmission to a servicemember of the uniformed services for reasons relating to that service.  In addition, a student who is readmitted to an institution must be readmitted with the same academic status that the student had when he or she last attended the institution, to include tuition and fee amounts for one (1) year. 

An affected servicemember is any individual who is a member of, applies to be a member of, or performed, or has the obligation to perform, service in the uniformed service.  This requirement applies to service in the uniformed services, whether voluntary or involuntary, on active duty in the Armed Forces, including service as a member of the National Guard or Reserve, for a period of more than 30 days under a call or order to active duty of more than 30 days. 

If you believe you qualify for Veterans readmission to ETSU, please contact the ETSU Veterans Affairs Office.

You may be eligible for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay (RSLSP), $500 a month!

As a recipient of funds under the G.I. Bill, the following message may apply to you.  Service Members involuntarily held under Stop Loss Authority between 11 September 2001 and 30 September 2008 qualify for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay.  Those eligible will receive $500 for every month spent in a stop loss status.  Those who Served should apply for the special pay by visiting  and look to the right for the different military components, as shown below:

Please do not file a hard copy claim; use the secure web site to file your claim.

For other services, visit