Welcome Veterans and Dependents

Why Veterans should attend East Tennessee State University

We understand what it means to be a Veteran and a military family member, whether on active duty, in the Guard or Reserves, or in transition. Voted Military Friendly for 6 consecutive years, ETSU is an excellent choice to pursue your education, with a deep support network created by the staff, counselors, faculty and local community, many of whom are Veterans themselves.  ETSU’s Veterans Affairs Office sets you up for success, providing you with accurate information and guidance to ensure your transition to academic life is met with limited stress.

There are many other advantages to attending ETSU, such as the adjacent Mountain Home VA Medical Center, deferred tuition and fee payments, priority registration, a dedicated Veterans' Lounge, in-state tuition rates for many Veterans and family members, and unlimited Yellow Ribbon scholarships.  In addition, the Buc Hero Program provides scholarships for out-of-state dependents using GI Bill benefits.

The Veterans Affairs Office - Excellence through Service to YOU

Our office is staffed by Veterans and dependents who can share in your experience.  We exist solely for Veterans; we are your dedicated source of information and administration of VA educational benefits, but we can also assist you in finding answers to many other Veteran-related questions.  If we don't know the answer, we'll find someone who does.  That's our promise to you.

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  ETSU Veteran Affairs Office's Mission Statement

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.  We provide benefit and education counseling, program information, referral to various agencies, and certification of eligible students to receive education benefits under 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 GI 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, and 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.

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