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Veterans Could Benefit from Tennessee Reconnect
August 2, 2017

Walters State Community College is urging veterans to consider Tennessee Reconnect as one way to pay for college.
While many veterans attend the college on some form of the G.I. Bill, those benefits are not available to all who have served. For many, the benefits expired within a certain amount of time after leaving the service.
“I do get calls from veterans who want to attend college but no longer have benefits available,” said Carol Powell, the veterans service officer at the college. Powell is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel.
The Montgomery G.I. Bill expires ten years after the end of service, while the Post 9/11 usually expires after 15 years. 
Tennessee Reconnect provides two years of community college tuition for adult learners who do not have an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. It begins in fall 2018, but Walters State is offering a series of workshops this fall and in spring 2018 to help prospective students get ready to start or return to college. These workshops are offered at no cost and could lead to college credit.  
Walters State has made serving veterans a priority since it opened in 1970. At that time, the college focused on serving many who were returning from Vietnam. The college is designated as a military friendly college and one of only 21 Tennessee colleges certified as VET Campus.  
Veterans who are interested in using educational benefits to return or start college school should contact Powell at 423-585-6896 or Carol.Powell@ws.edu. Veterans who know they no longer or never had educational benefits should call Melissa Duff, executive director of Walters State’s student success center at 423-318-2337.