Veterans have many resources at their disposal. Whether you are in beginning civilian career, considering higher education, or are dealing with the lingering effects of events in service, there are resources available to you.
VetSuccess on Campus offers counseling to help the transition from the military to college life. VSOC counselors aid veterans in obtaining referrals for campus health services and VA health services, disability accommodations in the classroom, and career advice. To learn if your academic institution offers VSOC counseling, click here.
Educational benefits include the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, a piece of legislation that offers assistance with school-related expenses, such as tuition and fees, housing fees, and book and supply fees. Eligibility is dependent on 90 days of active-duty service after September 11, 2001, the receipt of a Purple Heart, or a dependent using benefits transferred by a qualifying veteran. To learn more quick facts about the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, click here.
The VA aids those seeking career opportunities. The VA Career Center offers tools for veterans to search for civilian jobs, create job applications, find employers who want to hire veterans, and many other resources. If you are a veteran or service member who is suffering from a service-connected disability and it impacts your ability to work, the Veteran Readiness and Employment program may be of benefit to you. Those interested can explore several, specialized tracks that are offered through the program, including the Reemployment track, Rapid Access to Employment track, Self-Employment track, Employment Through Long-Term Services, and the Independent Living track. These tracks offer benefits and services such as counseling, evaluation, and guidance from experts that last up to 24 months.
Veterans who suffer from disabilities caused or made worse by their military service are eligible for disability compensation through the Department of Veteran Affairs. VA Disability compensation offers monthly payments to eligible veterans. Covered disabilities can include physical conditions, such as an injury or chronic illness, and mental health conditions, like PTSD. To learn more about eligibility and how to file a claim, click here.
Finally, if you’re worried about your future finances, the VA provides free, professional financial planning to various beneficiaries of several programs, including Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI), Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI), Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (FSGLI), and Veterans’ Group Life Insurance (VGLI). To learn more about how to access these services, click here.
Many of these services can be accessed by eligible veterans from all periods of service. To learn more about other benefits that you may be eligible for, visit one of our service offices.