Military Experience Gives Veterans a Leg Up On Studies & Employment

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Military Experience Gives Veterans a Leg Up On Studies & Employment

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#GIBill benefits vary, but the gist is the same: they can lead to great things for #military #veterans

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 8:15am


School is in session, and many veterans are using their GI Bill benefits to continue their education. Time in the military definitely counts as a learning experience, so whether a veteran is heading back to school or is attending for the first time, let’s consider a veteran’s enrollment in school “continuing education.” Many veterans, however may not have jumped into enrolling and using their GI Bill benefits. “The timing isn’t right” or “I’m ok with my current role” might be just a few of the reasons to put aside enrollment, but using education benefits post-military might be exactly what veterans need to set themselves up for success after the military.

The GI Bill benefits vary by the individual and their service, but the gist is the same: they can lead to great things.

  • It’s a chance to re-integrate into civilian culture
  • Provides access to resources, whether about a specific field of interest, career-search assistance, or just making connections with other civilians, other veterans, and military friendly organizations and employers
  • Freshen up skills that may ease the transition to civilian employment

Veterans should remember that their skills and experiences bring a unique and valuable perspective to the classroom. And while college may seem daunting, many veterans may not realize that often their discipline from serving will make them great candidates for whatever field and coursework they choose to pursue. School isn’t easy, but not much worth pursuing was ever a walk in the park.  A recent veteran, Allen Yokley, giving his account of starting school again noted,  “I joined the Air Force because I saw the military as a way to improve my life, just like college is a way to improve my life now.”  He also confirmed that the skills he learned in the military make him a better student. ”

So what should a veteran know about the process that isn’t necessarily totally clear? It can take time. Paperwork and processes can sometimes take a bit longer than is ideal, so it’s important to get started when a veteran is ready to commit – the earlier the better.  And remember, those benefits won’t last forever! It’s the perfect time to get things in motion for 2015.

Dean of Records and Veteran’s Affairs at Allen’s school noted that “…many veterans qualify for several types of G.I. Bill benefits. Veterans should review the options carefully and decide which chapter of benefits best fits his/her individual goals and circumstances. I meet with individuals and explain their options. Then, the veteran chooses what is best for his or her goals and current circumstances.” Mason said a comparison chart is available at

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Katherine Gramann
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