What is a Veteran?

Some veterans bear visible signs of their service:  a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye.  Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg - or perhaps another sort of inner steel:  the soul's ally forged in the refinery of adversity.  Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem.  You can't tell a vet just by looking. 

Father Dennis Edward O'Brien USMC 

You may read this piece in its entirety at www.alighthouse.com/veterans.htm 

Purpose and General Information

Welcome to the Northeast State Office of Veterans Affairs! The role of this office is to serve the educational needs of prospective and enrolled service persons, veterans, their dependents/survivors, and other persons eligible to receive education benefits under various Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) programs. We strive to administer these programs in an exemplary manner by providing program information and advising, certifying eligible students, and serving as a liaison between the student and the DVA.

All degree and certificate programs at Northeast State for which credit hours are awarded are approved for the enrollment of veterans and persons eligible to receive VA education benefits.

Location: The Office of Veterans Affairs is located on the Blountville campus in the Pierce Administration Building, Room P205C, and services students enrolled at any Northeast State site.

Office Hours:    

8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.    Wednesday and Thursday

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 pm   Monday, Tuesday and Friday

Contact Information: 

Pat Chandler, Certifying Official
Telephone:  423.323.0210
E-Mail:  pachandler@NortheastState.edu
Fax:  423.323.0215

Jessica Kelso, Certifying Official
Telephone:  423.354.2527
E-Mail: jlkelso@northeaststate.edu
Fax:  423.323.0215 

John Adcox, Certifying Official
Telephone:   423.354.2528 
E-Mail: jmadcox@northeaststate.edu 
Fax:  423.323.0215


The St. Louis Regional Processing Office (RPO) services Northeast State for all programs except Work-Study and Vocational Rehabilitation. The St. Louis office may be contacted at 1.888.GIBILL1 (442.4551)  or go to www.gibill2.va.gov and click on "Ask a Question." For Work-Study or Vocational Rehabilitation information, call 1.800.827.1000. For a complete list of services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, go to www.gibill.va.gov.