Veterans Benefits and Vocational Training

Of the many veterans benefits available to you, those that the Veterans Administration provides for education and vocational training may be the most generous. Upon discharge from military service you may have discovered that the experience and training received during your enlistment may not translate directly into the civilian workforce. Additional training may be required to jump start your career. If the prospect of returning to a traditional school environment leaves you cold, you may want to consider vocational technical training. The same hands on experience that attracted you to military service can be obtained at a vocational technical training school. Exploring the veterans benefits available for post secondary vocational training is a great place to start preparing for a new career.The transition from military to civilian service can be difficult. Many find that the most difficult part of connecting with their benefits is not the lack of information available but the information overload they experience. A quick internet search of the words GI Bill returns over one million hits. Keep it simple – don’t let the landslide of information paralyze you. The Veterans Administration website is a great place to start for the veteran who simply wants to take advantage of their veterans education benefits.Returning student veterans do not need to become an expert on the GI Bill. A quick read of the basics is sufficient to get you started. There will be counselors at the vocational school you choose who will help you connect with the veterans benefits you have earned. In addition to veterans benefits you may be eligible for traditional means of financial aid. By all means, educate yourself about the benefits to which you are entitled but do not let yourself become overwhelmed by the complexity of the information. Let those who deal with veterans benefits each and every day guide you through the process.There are no shortage of career options and vocational technical training choices that your veterans benefits will cover. Traditional vocational careers such as Automotive and Construction trades have been joined by a wide range of career choices. Returning students can use their veterans benefits to jump start a career in Health Care, Computer Technology or the Hospitality Industry. There is also an emerging focus on the jobs being created by our country’s move toward Green Technology.The New GI Bill provides for Tuition, a Monthly Housing Allowance and a Yearly Stipend for Books and Supplies. The amount of veterans benefits you are eligible for depends on several factors such as type of military service, length of service, your state of residence, etc. There is no simple formula by which you can determine the amount for which you are eligible and no shortage of charts and tables to help confuse you. These are, after all, government benefits so some complexity and confusion should be expected.The best course of action for a young veteran who would like to pursue vocational technical career training is to choose a career path, a school, and a program. Be prepared to show your DD-214 then allow the counselors at the school and the regional Veterans Administration office to determine the amount of veterans benefits for which you are eligible.

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