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ETSU Veteran Lounge to Open Friday March 8th, 2013

The ETSU Office of The Registrar is pleased to announce to 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
Sara Booher- 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.

Afghanistan

(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    http://www.etsu.edu/academicaffairs/trio/vub/

 

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." http://www.etsu.edu/calendar/EventList.aspx?view=EventDetails&eventidn=10906&information_id=40873&type=&rss=rss

 

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 va@etsu.edu 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: http://www.tn.gov/sos/acts/107/pub/pc0788.pdf

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 http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2010/0710_stoploss/  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 http://www.defense.gov/stoploss