On behalf of ETSU I want to be one of the first staff members to thank you for considering our institution for your educational needs. If you are a veteran, I want to thank you for your service and let you know that we will do all we can to make your transition to civilian/college life as smooth as possible. If you are the dependent of a veteran, I want to thank you as well for the sacrifices you have made to support your loved one. We have been consecutively ranked as a “Military Friendly School” (G.I. Jobs Magazine), but we know that service to our veterans is more important than any award. We understand that the transition to civilian life and especially the transition to college can be a bit overwhelming at times. We are fully willing and able to assist you as you make that transition. Our veteran/dependent enrollments have increased more than 300% during the past decade, and will continue to rise in the years ahead. Plans are already in place and being implemented to ensure that we can be the best choice for any veteran wishing to utilize his or her educational benefits. These efforts to assist veterans/dependents include but are not limited to; tuition and fee deferment options, out of state assistance through the Buc Hero Scholarship, unlimited Yellow Ribbon scholarships to qualified candidates, the opening of a Veterans’ Lounge on campus, work study opportunities, a quality working relationship with local veteran organizations as well as the VA Mountain Home Medical Center, recognition at graduation ceremonies, and many more to come. You have probably heard the saying “it takes one to know one”. I feel that it truly takes a veteran to understand a veteran. I enlisted in the U.S Army Reserve when I was seventeen and am still fulfilling that commitment today. After several deployments, two of which were combat, I decided to utilize my GI Bill. I enrolled at ETSU and earned my undergraduate and graduate degrees in a few short years. We would like to help you do the same. Thank you for defending your country, now let us help you defend your future.
Kevin T. Flanary
Assistant Registrar/ Veteran Affairs-Director Buc Hero Program
(SFC. U.S.Army/Reserve 1989-present)
Our role is to serve the educational and training needs of prospective and/or enrolled service members, veterans, their dependents or survivors, and other persons eligible to receive education benefits under the various Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) programs. The Veterans Affairs' Coordinator provides benefit and education counseling, program information, referral to various agencies, and certifies eligible students to receive education benefits under various state and federal programs while maintaining a congenial working relationship with the Veterans Administration and other agencies serving veterans. It is our goal and honor to assist Veterans as they utilize their G.I. Bill benefits to pursue educational success at East Tennessee State University. Our staff is well aware of the difficulties that can be associated with transitioning from combat to the classroom. We hope to make that transition as smooth and convenient as possible. On behalf of this University and a grateful Nation we thank you for your service and welcome you to ETSU.