How do veterans go about finding the educational benefits available to them?
Contact the local Veterans Affairs Office, the American Legion
or the VFW both which have a Service Officer.
If you served during a time when neither VEAP or the GI Bill of
being offered (between 1973-1978) then the only option you would
have is Voc Rehab. If you signed up for either the GI Bill or VEAP
(prior to the new GI Bill) you only had 10 years after leaving
service to use them. With Voc Rehab you had 12 years after leaving
service to use them. This question was asked on another site. This
is the answer provided.
I am a 20% disabled vet and I have never used any VA
educational benefits. I currently work for the city of Belleview,
FL and there is an opportunity for me to work at the water
treatment facility. I would like to know if I can get funding for
online courses from U of F for my licenses A-D. This position
appeals to me more as I get older and my physical condition gets
worse (joint problems) My time of service was 10/10/78 to 12/15/90
service connected medical discharge. Any assistance you can give me
will be greatly appreciated.
Well, the bad news is that, even if you signed up for the
Montgomery GI Bill, your benefits through that bill have almost
certainly expired. Benefits under the MGIB expire 10 years after
you last leave active duty service. The VA can grant limited
extensions if you were prevented from pursuing an education due to
medical disability or being held by a foreign power; if you think
you qualify for this, speak with your local VA office to get the
ball rolling on an extension.
You may qualify for benefits through the Vocational
Rehabilitation and Employment Program. This program provides
career-focused education and other assistance for veterans with at
least a 20% service-connected disability through the VA. Normally,
these benefits expire 12 years after you leave the military or are
informed by the VA of your disability percentage. However, the VA
can waive the time limit if you are found to have a "serious
employment handicap," in the judgment of the VA. Considering your
circumstances, I would recommend contacting the local VA office and
inquiring about the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment