The 78th Anniversary of the GI Bill

Wednesday, June 22, 2022, marked the 78th anniversary of the GI Bill, which was enacted in 1944 to support those returning home from World War Two. The Department of Veterans Affairs issued a press release in honor of the anniversary, noting its impact over the years. “The G.I. Bill has come a long way” since its debut, the press release states, adding, “VA continues to seek ways to meet the needs of Veterans and improve their G.I. Bill experience.”

The GI Bill has had a long and at times complicated history, and is still one of the most popular and important VA benefits offered today. Some 25 million veterans and their families have taken advantage of this VA education benefit.

The GI Bill got its start as a veteran-only option for those returning home from one war. Today it has been expanded to include active duty, Guard/Reserve, and even options for dependents and spouses to consider.

A Brief History of the GI Bill

The 1944 GI Bill, then known as the GI Bill of Rights, included things not found in today’s version. Those old options included loans for veteran-owned businesses, loans for farms, and the option to draw unemployment compensation.

The GI Bill of Rights was created for veterans only. No GI Bill benefits at that time were offered to those still on active duty or to dependents. The program was incredibly popular with some sources estimating about $4 billion in total GI Bill benefits offered to approximately nine million veterans in a five-year period starting in 1944.

The original GI Bill of Rights was not offered to all who served; just those who served during World War Two. When the Korean War had more service members returning home from yet another conflict, legislation called the Readjustment Benefits Act of 1966 extended the GI Bill to Korean War veterans.

Enter the 1980s

Big changes came in the 1980s thanks to the efforts of former Mississippi Congressman Gillespie Montgomery, who revamped the GI Bill of Rights to include a variety of features such as making the GI Bill an opt-in during Basic Training,

Trainees paid $100 a month for a year, after which they could qualify for a much larger matching contribution from the DoD. There was a time limit for the benefits after retirement or separation from military service, and there was no housing stipend offered.

This overhaul of the GI Bill of Rights became known as the Montgomery GI Bill after its creator and required both an honorable discharge and a high school diploma/GED. An important development of the GI Bill during this time was the creation of a Guard/Reserve version of the Montgomery GI Bill.

The VA official site says those eligible for this version had to meet certain criteria including a six-year commitment in the Selected Reserve, “signed after June 30, 1985” with additional requirements for officers.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill

When the VA official site announced the Post 9/11 GI Bill, which took effect in August of 2009, it did so knowing there was much anticipation about key features of the new VA education benefit. One of the most important of those was the ability to draw a housing stipend while attending classes, and another critical update involved the ability to transfer GI Bill benefits to a spouse or college-age dependent child.

Important features include but are not limited to:

  • Up to 36 months of education entitlement;
  • Eligible for use at colleges, universities, trade schools, on-the-job training
  • Payment of tuition;
  • Payment of certain fees;
  • A monthly housing stipend equivalent to an E-5 basic allowance for housing (BAH) payable for the zip code of the eligible school;
  • Books / Supplies Stipend ($1000 per year maximum).

This new GI Bill was intended for veterans with active duty service who served on or after September 11, 2001. The Post 9/11 GI Bill increased educational benefits above and beyond tuition alone.

The new GI Bill also included an option to switch from the old Montgomery GI Bill to the new Post 9/11 version. A choice was required, once the choice was made it was irreversible.

The Forever GI Bill

Some of the most important changes to the GI Bill program came in 2017 thanks to the passage of the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act. It was promoted as the largest expansion of veteran benefits in roughly a decade, and the GI Bill benefitted from the Act in a number of ways:

  • The Forever GI Bill offers the benefit to all Purple Heart recipients regardless of time served;
  • No more time limit for using GI Bill benefits for qualifying service members discharged on or after January 1, 2013;
  • New protections for GI Bill recipients attending a school that closes before a degree program is completed;
  • New GI Bill options for Reservists such as more lenient time-in-service requirements.

Recent developments have further enhanced GI Bill benefits. Servicemembers now have the option to transfer VA education benefits to a qualifying foster child or ward thanks to the VA Transfer Of Entitlement program. In order to qualify, you must apply using  Application for Family Member to Use Transferred Benefits (VA Form 22-1990E).

You can submit this to any VA Regional Office. This is a process for those still serving on active duty. Once you leave active duty you can still submit a written request to modify a transfer via milConnect.

It should be noted that the Forever GI Bill is NOT a separate program from the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Instead, it enhances the Post 9/11 program and adds to it. You won’t apply for a Forever GI Bill option, you’ll use Post 9/11 GI Bill options that have been improved by the updated legislation.

Transferring Your GI Bill Benefits

The Post 9/11 GI Bill allows those who are still on active duty to transfer their education benefits to spouses or college-age children who are enrolled in DEERS. To qualify for the benefits transfer, the active duty member must have a minimum of six years time-in-service and must agree to a four-year military commitment. VA rules for this transfer have included the following:

  • When you meet the six-year time-in-service requirement, you are permitted to transfer some or all of your unused Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits.
  • The Department of Defense or Department of Homeland Security reserves the right to limit how many months you may transferable.
  • Transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits are available for spouses, one or more dependent children, or any combination of spouse and child.

A Word About The Digital GI Bill

In March 2022, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced something called the Digital GI Bill. This is the VA effort to modernize the GI Bill program including switching to a digital platform and improving benefits.

The VA official site says of this modernization effort, “…this platform will enable VA to call, email, text and chat with GI Bill beneficiaries, grant the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) immediate access to beneficiary records and respond to questions from colleges and universities instantaneously”.

It’s described as a “multi-year effort” and won’t happen overnight. That said, a VA contract for this project was awarded in March 2022 and the plan is currently underway. This effort is funded in part by some $243 million the VA received under the CARES Act during the global pandemic. Full details about the upgrades are not available at press time, but the VA says it desires feedback from students, administrators, and others who may be affected by the changes.

 

 

PCSing & Your Child’s Education: The Military Interstate Compact

How the Military Interstate Compact Can Help With Your Child’s Education During PCS

Active duty military life means moving, sometimes pretty often. This can be all well and good for the service member and their spouse, but what about the children? According to the DODEA, military families move 3 times as often as the average non military family. Oftentimes children will have to move at not the best time, either after starting kindergarten, right before middle school, or in the middle of their high school year. This can cause a lot of anxiety for the child and for the family.

The good news is that there is the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children. This compact was created with the collaboration of the Department of Defense, the National Center for Interstate Compacts, and the Council of State Governments. The compact addresses the educational transition issues of children of military families. The purpose is to ensure that military children are given the same opportunities for educational success as other children and are not penalized or delayed in achieving their educational goals.

Who can use the Military Interstate Compact?

  • Active duty military families
  • National Guard and Reserve members on active duty orders
  • Service members or veterans who are medically discharged or retired for one year
  • Service members who were killed in action

What Does the Military Interstate Compact Cover?

Here is a brief rundown of some of what the compact covers. You can read the full factsheet on the DODEA website.

Eligibility

The compact asks school districts to examine their rules for eligibility and allow military children to be able to have continuity with their education. For example, allowing military children to be able to participate in extracurricular activities, even if the application and tryout deadlines have passed.

Enrollment

Parents can take a set of unofficial records to the new school to enroll the child while waiting for the official records to arrive.

 

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Immunizations

Parents will have 30 days to get their child immunized.

What Age Your Child Can Start School

If your child is in kindergarten or the 1st grade, and the entrance ages are different at each school, your child can continue in the grade they started in.

Placement for Required Classes, Advanced Placement, and Special Needs Programs

The new school must initially honor the original placement from the old school. The new school can then do a new evaluation but they can’t keep your child in a “holding class” while they wait to do that.

Graduation

The school district may waive courses that are required for graduation if similar courses have already been completed at the old school. This is, however, not mandatory, but if the schools deny a waiver for a class, they need to be able to show a reasonable justification for it. In addition, a senior can receive a diploma from their previous school if the new school isn’t able to accommodate them for the required courses and exit exams that they need. This will need to be worked out between the two schools.

Special Needs Children

If the Individual With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) covers your child, they have the right to comparable services that are provided by their most current IEP.

Military Interstate Compact Resources

The Military Interstate Compact is here to help as you PCS from one location to another. Here are a couple more resources to help if you are going through this time of transition.

 

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Education Benefit News: REMOTE Act Extends Student Veteran Protection

Education Benefit News: February 2022

The most pressing news for veteran students at this time is that Congress passed the REMOTE Act at the end of December 2021.

The Responsible Education Mitigating Options and Technical Extensions (REMOTE) Act extended provisions of Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 until June 1, 2022. But what does that mean for you, the student veteran?

Full Benefits for Remote Students

Remember when everything was shutting down due to COVID-19, and schools that were able to started offering 100% remote learning? Well, the Student Veteran Protection Act ensured that student veterans would be paid the GI Bill BAH portions in-full, even if the classes were taught remotely. Those protections were set to expire on 21 December, 2021, but the REMOTE Act extends those protections until June of 2022.

SEE ALSO: Student Veterans Can Still Get Full GI Bill Benefits Even If Remote

Rounding Out a Program

The REMOTE Act also solidly enshrines the “rounding out” that may impact some students. 

Right now, you may be asking “What is rounding out?” Well, here’s the answer:

When a student’s GI Bill runs out in the last semester of their program, then the VA can provide extra financial assistance, read a “rounding out”, to bring that program to a close without the student incurring any out of pocket tuition expenses. There are three conditions that must be met in order for this provision to apply:

  1. The number of credits a student needs is less than the number of credits that would be considered more than a half-time enrollment for that semester, AND
  2. The student is enrolled in, or has completed, every course required for the completion of the degree or program, AND
  3. The student enrolls in an additional, non-required course where the enrollment in that non-required course raises the enrollment status above the half-time mark.

The effective date of the rounding out provisions was January 1, 2022. So, any enrollments and semesters that meet the criteria above now qualify.

Still Confused?

Still confused? Here’s a personal example:

I am currently working on a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. I have completed every course except two: my Thesis Proposal and Thesis Defense. These courses are taken within the same semester, one before the other. By taking only these two courses, I am considered a half-time enrollment.

Incidentally, I have exactly 6 days of GI Bill benefit remaining, so I will run out of regular funding shortly after the next semester begins. If I were to enroll in another class that is not required for my MFA, then I would be eligible for the extended financial assistance from the VA, or the rounding up. Without that extra assistance, I would be responsible for the remaining tuition.

So, I have to choose whether or not I want to add yet another course onto an already heavy workload so I can qualify for the extra assistance. Or, I keep only the two required courses and pay the rest of my tuition out-of-pocket.

Keep in mind, the text of the REMOTE Act says that the VA “may provide” extra assistance, meaning that it is a possibility, not a guarantee.

Believe me when I say that it’s a tough choice to make!

 

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Automatic Student Loan Interest Benefit for Veterans & Military

​​The U.S. Department of Education Grants Interest Rate Benefit to 47,000 Veterans and Service Members

A recent press release from the U.S. Department of Education grants an interest rate benefit to more than 47,000 current and former active duty service members. The Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) has retroactively waived student loan interest rates for these veterans and military service members.

This was made possible by a data-matching agreement with the DoD that has improved access to a student loan interest waiver for these service members.

Interest Now Accrues and Benefit Applied Automatically

Before this announcement, service members who were deployed to areas that qualified them for imminent danger or hostile fire pay wouldn’t have any interest accrue on certain student loans that were first distributed on or after 10/01/2008. However, only a small number of those who were eligible even accessed this benefit, even if they qualified to do so.

Now, the DoD can easily identify the service members who qualify by matching the correct records. Once they do that, the benefit can be applied automatically.

“Brave men and women in uniform serving our country can now focus on doing their jobs and coming home safely, not filling out more paperwork to access their hard-earned benefits,” said FSA Chief Operating Officer Richard Cordray. “Federal Student Aid is grateful for our strong partnership with the Department of Defense, and we will seek to reduce red tape for service members wherever possible.”

Automatic Student Loan Discharges for Those with Total and Permanent Disability Ratings

In another August press release from the U.S. Department of Education, those with a total and permanent disability (TPD) will receive automatic student loan discharges, including veterans. These borrowers will be identified through an existing data match with the SSA. This will apply to over 323,000 borrowers.

 

These changes are going to be good for service members and veterans. Anytime a benefit can be applied automatically, it eliminates the need for extra paperwork on the service member’s part.

 

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VOC REHAB Mission Realigned By VA With Name Change

VA Realigns Mission of VR&E With New Name Change

A statement in early June from the Executive Director of Readiness and Employment Service, William Streitberger, read, “I am pleased to announce the renaming of our program, which became effective as of June 22, 2020. From that date forward, Vocational Rehabilitation (VOC REHAB) and Employment Service will become known as Veteran Readiness and Employment Service. We will continue to abbreviate our program as VR&E.” The new tagline for the program is: “Empower. Achieve. Succeed.”

VR&E is one of the oldest benefits for veterans providing assistance and services to help those who previously served gain civilian employment using a five-track system. Each track helps participants navigate the many aspects of finding and succeeding in a new career field.

5 Tracks of the VR&E Program Guidelines

The Five Tracks of the program follow these guidelines:

  1. Reemployment: to successfully return participants to a civilian job they previously held
  2. Rapid Access to Employment: to quickly secure employment with existing skills and experience
  3. Self-Employment: to plan for and start a business
  4. Employment through Long-Term Services: to obtain training and/or education, college or certification programs, on the job training, non-paid work experience, apprenticeships, and/or internships
  5. Independent Living: to become self-sufficient – if the participant can’t return to work right away

Characteristics of the Program

The official VA blog describes some of the characteristics of the program that participants will encounter, such as:

  • Exploring career goals and interests
  • Pursuing skilled professions or trades
  • Selecting and mapping personal goals for employment
  • Obtaining formal education or training where tuition, fees, books and supplies are provided at no cost
  • Maximizing independence in life’s daily activities

 

VA Set Out to Better Understand Programs Strengths and Weaknesses

It was identified that changes to the program were needed through “a comprehensive Human-Centered Design (HCD) research effort,” which helped the VA better understand the “program’s strengths, weaknesses, pain points, and opportunities to increase program awareness and enhance the delivery of VR&E services.”

This effort collected information from sessions with veterans, service members, VR&E employees, and veterans service officers, which revealed that the previous program name created confusion, a misunderstanding of the program’s services, and unknowingly cultivated a sense of stigma.

Research after the name change and program updates – specifically around identifying Chapter 31 as a career/employment program – indicates that greater awareness will mitigate confusion and increase participation.  “The new name puts an emphasis on the Veteran and the department’s mission to help them reach their employment goals,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie.

Physical Changes to the VR&E Program

A few of the physical changes to the program are:

  • Will accept a typed signature on all forms related to the VR&E program – previously would only accept “wet signature” forms; this should make it easier for veterans to receive their benefits more quickly
  • More electronic communication between participants and VR&E field staff; due to the pandemic, tele-counseling should be utilized to allow easier and quicker access for veterans
  • Has created a centralized mail intake point for all postal mail regarding the VR&E program to ensure “business as usual” during the pandemic. The address is:

Department of Veterans Affairs

Veteran Readiness and Employment Service (VR&E) Intake Center

PO Box 5210

Janesville, WI 53547-5210

Not the First Name Change for the Program

This program had a previous name change twenty years ago, from Vocational Rehabilitation and Counseling. And some feel that this name change – and the cost it may have carried – came at a poor time during this pandemic. Whatever the future may hold for VR&E, stakeholders and those who benefit from it hope that any additional transformations that may come will not change the good work the program is intended to do.

Learn more about VR&E and apply for assistance here.

 

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Transitioning From Active Duty During Covid-19: What You Need to Know

What You Need to Know About Transitioning From Active Duty During the Pandemic

For most service members, making the decision to get out of the military can be just as daunting as the choice to go in. Add to that the current state of the world due to the coronavirus, and things can seem downright terrifying. The best way to combat those fears, however, is to be informed. Getting solid information from reputable sources about your transition from active duty during Covid-19 is where to begin.  Find information regarding education opportunities, unemployment rates and the impact on jobs, and other available resources.

What Does Education Look Like During COVID?

Without the daily responsibilities that the military brings, you may find yourself with some free time. Oftentimes, if there is an employment gap on a resume, but education fills that gap, potential employers are not concerned because you were focusing on personal development. Honestly, this is probably the best time to go back to school.

Although nearly every college in the U.S. is conducting virtual classes right now, an online education is still wholly beneficial and can achieve the same end goal as attending in-person.

As a veteran, there are many ways to finance higher education, from GI Bills, to branch-specific scholarships, to needs-based grants, and more – and with a GI Bill, you can get housing assistance funds, which can help supplement any loss in income. According to the VA, during COVID, “Student veterans will not have an interruption in their BAH while they continue in school.” The VA encourages veterans to stay in touch with them and their school of choice for any changes or updated information.

For more info on schools, please visit the CollegeRecon School Finder tool.

What Does Potential Employment Look Like During Covid?

The U.S. unemployment rate for July 2020 was down to 10.2% – comparably, in July of 2019 it was only at 3.7%. Right now, the most affected ranges are men aged 16 to 19 (unemployed at a rate of 22.8%), women aged 20 to 24 (unemployed at a rate of 18.8%), and men aged 20 to 24 (unemployed at a rate of 17.8%).

The most recent statistics covering the ages of separating service members is from 2017, but trends show that roughly 75% of enlisted members transitioning out of the military are aged 18-34, meaning most of those going into a life outside of the military can likely find it difficult to secure employment during the pandemic.

Unemployment Compensation

According to the VA, “Service members who leave the military and are unemployed may be eligible for unemployment compensation.” They encourage separating veterans to look for that ability, administered through your state of record – where both federal and state benefits can be dispersed.

New Jobs Added to Market

Employers are continuing to add new jobs to the market, albeit at a declining rate, but the job site Indeed did report that more jobs were offered and filled in July over those in May.

It’s not impossible to find work, but it may be an added stressor during a time where lots of things are changing already. Retiring members should utilize available base services (such as resume-writing or career searching) to find a job market that matches the skill-set you’ve spent years honing while active duty; use this transferable skills worksheet from CareerOneStop to make it a bit easier.

And don’t forget to reach out to contacts you’ve acquired over your years of service, either from civilians and contractors you already worked with, or from other service members who’ve already retired and can share personal insight.

Where Can I Find Resources to Ease the Transition?

For the above-mentioned obstacles and many others, there are a number of resources available to you to ease your transition from active duty to civilian. A great place to start is the VA’s “Transition Resources You Need During COVID-19,” which has video episodes, FAQs, and contact numbers and emails for one-on-one assistance.

MilitaryOneSource also has a number of “Coronavirus Updates” and important information for all levels of military and veteran life. The challenges this time can bring, both from the coronavirus and the many tasks associated with transition, shouldn’t cause additional strain on your mental health; visit here for a number of helpful avenues that can provide assistance.

This last list also has a plethora of financial, employment, and various assistance sites that shed light on things that are easily overlooked during the pandemic and during the transitional phase.

Any Additional Considerations?

An important additional consideration for transitioning active duty members is securing new healthcare. Especially given the added health-risk that COVID brings, it’s critical that you’re covered for whatever the future can bring. Civilian health insurance can be quite expensive, especially if you find yourself having to make a less-than-desirable employment decision, are unemployed during this time, or aren’t yet age-eligible for federal health benefits. There are a few Tricare Retiree options, one of which is transitioning into the Reserves and having continued, low-cost coverage while a reservist.

Official Channels for More Tailored Info

And lastly, utilize the official channels to get more tailored information and advice:

 

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10 Careers With Educational Programs In Under One Year

As you think about what you would want to do after your time in the military is over, you might want to figure out an educational plan that you can complete in a shorter amount of time. There are quite a few careers you can go into with educational programs under a year.

10 Careers With Educational Programs In Under One Year

Here are ten of them to consider.

Medical Billing and Coding

A course for medical billing can be done in just a couple of months. Some courses are self-paced which allows you to get the certificate in your own time. As a medical biller you will work with patients and insurance companies, and take on some customer service tasks.

A course for medical coding can take a few months up to a year, depending on the program. As a coder, you would work with healthcare professionals to accurately categorize the services and products provided to patients.

Dental Assistant

You can usually go through the dental assistant program in less than a year. There will be time in the classroom as well as hands-on training. You will learn the skills to work in a dentist office, assisting patients, taking x-rays, and other tasks. After training is complete, you can find a job in a dental clinic.

Certified Nurse Assistant

A Certified Nurse Assistant, or CNA program lasts between 4-12 weeks. The program will include classroom time as well as clinical work. You would learn how to provide basic care to patients and to assist in daily activities. You can find a job in a hospital, a nursing or long-term facility or even in home health care. A CNA can be the perfect stepping stone to a career in nursing down the line.

Web Designer

You can get your web design certificate in a few weeks, sometimes even in a shorter amount of time. There are a lot of online programs that you can do right from home as well. As a web designer, you can work for yourself with your own business or work for a bigger company working on and designing websites.

Security Guard

A security guard is often a popular choice for an after military career for a veteran. To become one can vary based on your state. There is usually a short training as well an on-the-job training hours. Some trainings can also be found online. As a security guard, you can find a job working for a company, bank, a museum, etc, or even become a bouncer.

Phlebotomy Tech

A phlebotomy tech is a person who draws blood from patients and prepares and send the blood to the lab. You can get this type of certificate in just a few weeks. A lot of the training is hands-on and becoming a phlebotomy tech can be a stepping stone for other careers. You can start working in a hospital or a lab.

Pharmacy Tech

The certificate program for becoming a pharmacy tech is usually about a year or less. You will be learning from a lot of on-the-job training as well. You will be learning how to supply medicine to patients, assemble medicines, and provide information to patients and those in the healthcare field. You can work in a hospital, pharmacy or a store with a pharmacy.

Welding

Depending on the school, you should be able to get a welding certificate in about six months or so. There are lots of different industries you can use the certificate in to find a job including iron working, or sheet metal working. If you enjoy working with your hands, this could be a good career for you.

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Auto Mechanic

Although there are some programs that are two or more years, you should be able to get an auto mechanic certificate within a few months. There are a lot of specialty classes you can take focusing on certain subjects such as engine repair or transmission repair. You can get a job servicing vehicles, working to do oil changes, diagnosing problems and more.

Truck Driver

On average, to get your Class A CDL license you will need to take a program that lasts about 7-8 weeks. Some of them are shorter than that. With your Class A CDL license you will be able to drive trucks commercially. This would allow you to work as an over-the-road truck driver or drive trucks locally where you are home every night.

For most certificate programs you will need to have at least a high school degree or GED before you start the program. Some locations will have different programs available than others. Make sure to do your research before committing to a particular program that will help further your after military career.

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Helpful Places for Military Spouses for Their Education

Military Spouse and Education: Helpful Places to Get the Info You Need

So many military spouses want to work on their own education and careers. Whether they are ready to start college for the first time or want to go back for another degree. Whether they are going after a certificate or want to apply to law school. Luckily there are a few organizations and websites military spouses can go for help:

The National Military Family Association

The National Military Family Association has a lot to offer those who want to go to school. They have scholarships and offer sections for those interested in different educational fields and careers. They have one for mental health professionals, teachers, nursing, and stem. In these sections, you can learn more about the field, licenses, and fees, and join Facebook groups to help you along the way.

SECO/Military One Source

SECO stands for Spouse Education and Career Opportunities and is a program from the Department of Defense through Military One Source. The goal of the program is to help connect military spouses with tools, to include education and training help, career coaching and exploration, and more.

Through SECO you can explore careers and skills education, training and license options, and scholarship opportunities. They also offer virtual Military Spouse symposiums where they focus on career development, education, and well-being. You can also check out their college scoreboard to help plan where you want to go to school.

 Hiring Our Heroes

Hiring Our Heroes offers programs and events for military spouses. Along with USAA, they offer what is called, MSEEZ (Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zones.) This program helps facilitate collaboration between local and national employers, educational institutions, community resources and to build a robust employment network to help military spouses. Currently, MSEEZ has two locations in San Antonio, TX, and Tampa, FL.

Hiring Our Heroes also has two-day hiring events, military spouse employment forums, a military spouse professional network, AMPLIFY Military Spouse Career Intensive, and a corporate fellowship program that is open to spouses in some locations.

MilitaryFriendly.com

This website offers a list of military friendly schools, and they also have a list just for military spouses. The list will recognize those higher education institutions that actively recruit and support spouses of active duty service members. The survey is sent to the colleges and universities to find the data for the list. This will help you decide on where to go to school and to evaluate military spouse-friendly schools.

Military Spouse Magazine

Military Spouse Magazine has plenty of articles to help military spouses. They have a good library of articles about military spouses and education, from scholarship ideas to questions about if you should go back to school. They are worth visiting to read more about focusing on your education.

Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families has networks available to connect with others and learn more about the path you want to follow. They have professional Facebook groups for educators, health care professionals, entrepreneurs, and those in Tech. These groups will help you work towards your goals.

MYCAA

MYCAA (My Career Advancement Account) is a program offering $4,000 to military spouses to further their education. There are certain qualifications to receive the money such as your service member’s rank, and what you want to go to school for. This program is one of the best ways that military spouses can get money for college, and you should take the time to see if you qualify for it.

College and University Websites

You can also find out information about military spouse educational options on college and university websites. They might share a bit about how the college will want to work with you and what they can offer you as a military spouse. This can help you prepare for your education or even help you decide on where you want to go to school.

As military spouse education is so important, we will hopefully see more organizations and websites being created to help military spouses go back to school. If a military spouse can work on their education, they can help achieve their own goals, even while their spouse is serving in the military. This can help their family out in many ways, especially once their service member ends their military career and they become a civilian family.

 

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