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Decorated combat vet to lead UConn’s veterans programs

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STORRS — A decorated combat veteran and University of Connecticut alum has been named director of UConn’s Office of Veterans Affairs and Military Programs.

The school says U.S. Army Maj. Alyssa Kelleher will start her new role on June 10.


Kelleher is a two-time Bronze Star medal recipient who served on active duty in Afghanistan and at Fort Drum, New York. Most recently, she was a human resources manager for the Connecticut National Guard and commander of the Officer Candidate School at its 1/169th Regional Training Institute.

Kelleher was an Army ROTC cadet while at UConn. She graduated magna cum laude in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

The school established its Office of Veterans Affairs and Military Programs in early 2013 to provide one-stop assistance for military-connected students.