For veterans who become disabled during their time of service, the Department of Veterans Affairs offers numerous benefits to enhance their quality of life. Benefits available to disabled veterans include, but not limited to, monthly compensation, caregiver compensation, and modified vehicle allowance. Two of the most progressive benefits offered to disabled veterans by the VA are the VetSuccess Program and the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill which allow veterans to more easily transition in to a career after service by receiving education assistance.
What Is The VetSuccess Program?
The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment VetSuccess Act provides disabled veterans with programs to learn new job skills, and also offers their dependents a chance to receive a college education. The program must be applied to, and eligible disabled veterans may become a part of the program while they are still living in VA treatment facilities. Eligible disabled veterans can use the services of the Veterans Success Act up to 12 years after service, and will receive:
- Vocational counseling
- Evaluation to determine abilities and skills
- On the job training, apprenticeships, and non-paid work experiences
- Post-secondary training at a college or vocational, technical, or business school
- Collaboration with medical rehabilitation team
What Is the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill?
Disabled veterans may also receive educational assistance through the Post 9/11 G.I Bill to acquire the proper skills and training needed to transition into the civilian workforce. The bill provides up to 36 months of educational benefits, and offers in-state tuition assistance, a Basic Allowance for Housing, and an annual stipend for books and supplies. Benefits are payable for 15 years after release from active duty, and can be used to for:
- an undergraduate or graduate degree
- flight training
- on the job training
- correspondence course
- certificate programs
Veterans who are 20% disabled due to service may qualify for these educational assistance programs, however veterans who are 50% disabled automatically qualify. To be eligible for either program veterans must have served for at least 90 days on or after September 11, 2001, or have served for at least 30 days if they were discharged due to a service related disability. All veterans must have received an honorable discharge in order to be eligible.
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