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ETSU receives first Military Spouse Friendly designation

Contributed • Updated Mar 16, 2018 at 4:15 PM

For the first time, East Tennessee State University has earned the Military Spouse Friendly School designation by Victory Media, the ratings organization and publisher of Military Spouse Magazine.

Military Spouse Friendly Schools is a companion list to Military Friendly Schools and recognizes higher education institutions that actively recruit and support spouses of active-duty service members while acknowledging and supporting military spouse students through the unique challenges of military life.

ETSU has received the Military Friendly School designation for eight consecutive years and in 2018, increased its designation from “bronze” to “gold” for public universities with greater than 10,000 students.

“ETSU is pleased to assist our military spouses in pursuing their education goals, as family members serve, too,” noted retired Col. Tony Banchs, director of Veterans Affairs at ETSU. “We have military spouses not only in Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia, but in Japan this term.”

ETSU has almost 600 military-affiliated students and is on track to have 1,000 by 2026, a goal set forth by President Brian Noland. About half of ETSU’s military-affiliated student population are military family members.

ETSU is among 100 institutions to make the list, which will be featured in the April issue of Military Spouse Magazine and www.militaryfriendly.com.

“Military spouses are expert problem-solvers. They thrive under pressure, and are highly educated and mobile,” said Daniel Nichols, chief product officer at Victory Media’s Military Friendly division. “Colleges and companies recognize these attributes and want to bring them on board. And companies that employ both veterans and their spouses see even stronger retention and employee loyalty. Who better to train military spouses for successful careers than a Military Spouse Friendly School?”

Military-affiliated students receive priority registration for classes each semester, exclusive access to ETSU’s Veterans Lounge for socializing and studying and the support of the university’s Office of Veterans Affairs. Work-study positions are available for students using GI Bill benefits, as well.

Institutions earning the Military Spouse Friendly designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey.

For more information, call the ETSU Office of Veterans Affairs at 423-439-6819.

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