New Education Benefits Available for Veterans
A new education program is available for unemployed veterans who meet certain criteria.
The program will be open to only 45,000 veterans nationwide that meet the requirements nationally and may offer up to $1,473 per month. So, if you are interested, you should sign up immediately.
The criteria for the program:
- At least 35 but no more than 60 years old
- Have an other than dishonorable discharge
- Not eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g., the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment)
- Not in receipt of VA compensation due to Individual Unemployability (IU)
- Not enrolled in a federal or state job training program
- Enrolled in a VA approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school
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Also, veterans who previously completed a VA vocational rehabilitation program and have used the initial 26 weeks of unemployment benefits may qualify for an additional 12 months of VA vocational rehabilitation benefits.
- You must have previously completed a VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program and been considered “rehabilitated” by VA.
- You must apply within six months of using up your initial 26 weeks of unemployment benefits. You may still qualify for extended or emergency unemployment benefits.
- You can apply now, but cannot start any education or training until June 1, 2012 and you must apply to VA by March 31, 2014.
To apply or learn more information about vocational rehabilitation and employment benefits please call 1-800-827-1000, visit the www.va.gov and fill out an online application (VONAPP).
For more information, you can view this brochure.