Education & Employment

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"Service Animals" and "Assistance Animals:" What Are My Rights?

Learn about the federal laws that support people in need of a service animal.
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DD Form 214, Discharge Papers and Separation Documents

A Certificate of Release or Report of Separation is generally issued when a service member performs active duty or at least 90 consecutive days of active duty training. It is used to prove military service for benefits, retirement, employment, and membership in veterans' organizations.
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The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

Frequent moves and deployment can create problems for children of military families who are still in school, as a result of different rules and requirements between school districts.
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A Servicemember’s Guide to Student Loan Interest Rates

Since August 14, 2008, the Higher Education Opportunity Act has also made it possible for servicemembers to use the SCRA to have their interest rate reduced to six (6) percent on federal student loans that were taken prior to their entry into active duty.
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Veterans Guide to Education Benefits

The Montgomery G.I. Bill (“GI Bill”) was passed after World War II. The purpose was to give returning veterans a chance to go to college or get vocational training. The program has existed - and expanded - ever since. It has helped thousands of veterans.

Student Loan Forgiveness via TPD for future loans


Greetings: Total and Permanent Discharge program (TPD). I'm 100% P/T. I would like to return to school and complete a graduate program. After reading several websites about the TPD program, I'm confuse with the requirements of the timeline. I have yet to find clear guidance. Therefore, my question is if I can apply future loan (graduate degree) towards this program. Or if the program is only for existing loans which I have none (used GI Bill). Would you have any further information to clarify this confusion? Thank you.


Jim's Reply:

Hmm, that sounds almost too good to be true. You'd think that they would have thought of a way to prevent that from happening.

Oh wait...they did,

If and when you apply for another loan...Direct Loan, Perkins Loan, TEACH Grant or whatever the flavor of the day will'll be required to sign off that you won't seek a TPD based on your 100% rated current condition which you'll be required to acknowledge.

To get another TPD you'll have to come up with another 100% disability rating that is subsequent to that first rating and diagnosed after the date of the loan.

Yeah, so...back to the drawing board! Good luck.


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Legal Needs Check-up Tool - Interactive Interview

Try our checklist to find legal information and where to get help with your legal issue.
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The American Veterans and Servicemembers Survival Guide

This detailed 600 page Veterans and Servicemembers Survival Guide was originally developed by Veterans for America and is now made available free of charge by the National Veterans Legal Services Program on their website. It was published in 2009 so more recent changes will not be included.
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Emancipation and Military Service

Learn more about Emancipation and how that effects Military Service.
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Interactive Form - USERRA Notification to Employer

As a member of the Armed Forces, Reserves, National Guard or other uniformed services, you have some job protections when you are called into military service.