Fletcher Veterans

Welcome to Fletcher!  As a 37-year veteran of the U.S. Navy myself, I am very proud of ALL of our veterans here at this marvelous school of international relations.  I believe that your experience in the armed forces will enhance your studies here, and hopefully contribute to finding just the right fit for you after you graduate.  I am looking forward to meeting you and hope that The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy is all that you hope.  See you around the school and thank you for your service,

Admiral James Stavridis, USN, (Ret)
Dean, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Certification Information

Your Eligibility for VA Educational Benefits

At Fletcher, majority of our current VA students are studying by using the Chapter 33: Post 9.11 GI Bill benefit

In order to obtain more information regarding other eligible VA educational benefits to study, such as Chapter 30: Montgomery Bill, please refer the Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Using VA Benefit for Your Fletcher Degree Program

New Students

Once your VA benefit application is approved and received Certificate of Eligibility statement from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, you need to take the following steps in order to be certified to use your benefit for the first time at Fletcher:

 

1. Provide a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility to the Fletcher School’s VA Certifying officer, Reiko Morris (office location: Registrar’s Office at 212 Goddard, Email: reiko.morris@tufts.edu) via email or in-person.  As new VA student’s benefit certification can be done from 60 days prior to your first academic term start date, you are strongly recommended to contact Reiko Morris as soon as you received Certificate of Eligibility.

2. The Fletcher certifying officer will evaluate and verify your VA benefit details, and certify your tuition, fees and other educational benefit (i.e.: Yellow Ribbon) through VA ONCE database. 

3. Provisional credit information of your VA benefit will be sent to the Tufts University Bursar’s Office based on your Certificate of Eligibility information.  The amount of expected VA benefit will be reflected in your University account as “Pending Credit.”

4. After receiving certifying information, the VA transfers your educational benefit directly to your Tufts University financial account. 

Special Note for New VA Students

• If needed, seek other financial aid (i.e. FAFSA) in order to cover rest of your bill
• Understand your eligible VA benefit (i.e.: duration, eligible percentage)
• Understand your Fletcher program tuition and fees
• Know your responsibility for rest of the bill

Continuing Students

1. Prior to the new semester start date, at least by 2 weeks before, provide a copy of your most recent Award Letter (note: this is not currently practiced, but I would like to suggest it as our new policy – your opinions will be most welcome!) to the Fletcher School’s VA Certifying officer, Reiko Morris (office location: Registrar’s Office at 212 Goddard, Email: reiko.morris@tufts.edu) via email or in-person. 

2. Based on your Award Letter information as well as your VA benefit eligibility, Reiko Morris certifies your tuition, fees and other educational benefit (i.e.: Yellow Ribbon) through VA ONCE database. 

3. Provisional credit information of your VA benefit will be sent to the Tufts University Bursar’s Office based on your Certificate of Eligibility information.  The amount of expected VA benefit will be reflected in your University account as “Pending Credit.”

4. After receiving certifying information, the VA transfers your educational benefit directly to your Tufts University financial account.  Your Post 9.11 GI Bill and Montgomery Bill benefit will be listed as “VA BENEFIT” in your Bursar’s account record.  If you are Yellow Ribbon eligible student, your Fletcher Yellow Ribbon scholarship will be listed as “FLETCHER YELLOW RIBBON” and the VA matching amount will be listed as “VA BENEFIT.” 

FY 2013-2014* (8/1/2013 – 7/31/2014): Maximum Amount of VA Educational Benefit** 

Post-Graduate Degree Students at Private Institution:  $19,198.31 per Academic Year
*The VA’s fiscal year starts on August 1st and ends on July 31st in the next year.
**Tuition and fee caps for the coming fiscal year will be announced by the VA in every Spring (For FY2013-2014, the announcement was made on March 18, 2013.)

Yellow Ribbon Program

Only Veterans who qualify for 100% of the Post 9.11 GI Bill benefit (Chapter 33) are eligible to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program.  The current Yellow Ribbon scholarship award at Tufts University/Fletcher School is $5,000 annually.  The VA office matches to the Tufts/Fletcher Yellow Ribbon scholarship amount, and sends the benefit directly to your Tufts Bursar’s account after your Post 9.11 GI Bill benefit is certified.  The award will be paid in semester-bases.

Useful Links

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Regional Processing Offices

U.S. Department of Education:  Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Federal Student Aid

Tufts University Financial Services

 

Medical Benefits

Useful links

New England area healthcare system

10-10EZ, the online application for health benefits

Services and programs available to veterans residing in Massachusetts

Other benefits offered by the state of Massachusetts

VA medical centers in Massachusetts

VA hospitals abroad

For questions regarding health benefits, please contact:

  • Steven Shepard, OEF/OIF/OND Transition Patient Advocate, Department of Veterans Affairs, 617-894-7684, steven.shepard@va.gov
  • Susan Keating, Insurance Coordinator, Tufts Health Services, 617-627-3349, susan.keating@tufts.edu
  • GI Bill Hotline:  888-GIBILL-1 (Within the U.S.) OR 001-716-857-3196 (Outside the U.S.)





Fletcher Student Life
Contact a Fletcher Vet

Jeremy Blaney

Jeremy is a second year Fletcher student, pursuing a master’s degree in international business and specializing in global human resources.

This summer, he interned at Bank of America in their Global Human Resources line of business. Upon graduation, he will join Bank of America’s Human Resources Leadership Development Program, a two-year rotational opportunity.

Before attending Fletcher, Jeremy served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He completed three deployments in support of Operations ENDURING and IRAQI FREEDOM, earning three Air Medals. He continues to serve as a Captain in the Massachusetts Air National Guard.

Jeremy is also prior enlisted, having served in the air transportation career field where he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant before being selected for the Scholarship for Outstanding Airman to ROTC.

Jeremy graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Michigan State University in 2010, presented at TEDxTufts 2015, TEDxMacatawa 2015, and Expo Milano 2015 on cross-cultural engagement, has been recognized as a Distinguished Graduate of numerous military courses, and was recently named an emerging North American leader as part of the 2014 United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Fellowship Programme.

 Jeremy Blaney Headshot

 

Mike Sullivan

 Mike "Sully" Sullivan, originally from Bardonia, NY, is a PhD student at Fletcher studying International Security Studies and Political Systems and Theory.  He has serve over 21 years in the US Army to include three tours in Iraq and his last job was as the United States Army Garrison Baumholder Commander.  He's married with three kids. In his limited spare time, he likes to play lacrosse and travel around New England with his family.  

 Mike Sully

Aaron Kleiman

Aaron Kleiman is currently a student in the MA International Relations Program at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He holds a bachelor degree in Aviation Business Administration from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, a master degree in Military Studies from American Military University, and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School. Prior to coming back to school Aaron was a Major in the United States Air Force and an Air Force Special Operations Aviator. Aaron has over 1000 combat flight hours and has deployed to Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East; including combat tours in Afghanistan and Africa. He currently holds a commission in the New Jersey Air National Guard where he serves as an Air Liaison Officer. Additionally, he is an entrepreneur and the founder of Lunar Eagle Real Estate, a real estate and property management company. Aaron’s volunteer activities include, Big Brother Big Sister and spending Sunday’s as a cook in a charity kitchen at a local Thai Buddhist Temple. In his spare time Aaron enjoys photography, SCUBA diving, traveling, and being a new Dad. Aaron is married to Annie Yu Kleiman of Provo Utah and has a nineteen month old daughter, Aurora.

Aaron Kleiman

 

Alisha Guffey

Alisha Guffey, originally from Greenfield, Indiana, is a MIB Student at Fletcher studying entertainment and media. She arrived at Fletcher after serving ten years as a Civil Affairs Specialist and Signal Officer in the US Army with tours in the Horn of Africa, Kandahar City and recruiting duty in New York City. In her free time, Alisha loves anything related to traveling, the arts, film and writing. Media has always played a huge role her life in the military as she traveled the globe and worked across cultures so it became a natural link to her studies her at Fletcher.

 Alisha Guffey

 

Katie Jordan

Katherine Kranz Jordan is a candidate for the Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.  She is a 12-year Navy veteran and holds the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve. 

Ms. Jordan was commissioned in the Navy in 2002 and qualified as an E-2C Hawkeye Naval Flight Officer in 2005.  She flew three deployments with VAW-113 Black Eagles and the USS RONALD REAGAN Carrier Strike Group. 

From 2011-2012, Ms. Jordan served on the NATO Rule of Law Field Support Mission in Afghanistan, working as a strategic planner, research assistant and executive aide.  Her last assignment on active duty, from 2012-2014, was as Special Assistant to the Commander, NATO Joint Force Command and US Naval Forces Europe/Africa in Naples, Italy.

Ms. Jordan is a co-author and editor of In the Shadow of Greatness: Voices of Leadership, Service and Sacrifice from America’s Longest War, a two time Los Angeles Times best seller chronicling junior officers’ experiences in the post 9/11 military.  She holds a B.S. in English from the United States Naval Academy and a M.A. in Administrative Leadership from the University of Oklahoma.

Kate Jordan