Education & Employment

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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.
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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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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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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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Veterans Employment Center

The Veterans Employment Center provides employers with access to a targeted pool of resumes from veterans and transitioning service members to identify the veterans with skill sets applicable to civilian employment at their organization.

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Postsecondary Education Complaint System

Online complaint system to root out post-secondary schools that are taking undue advantage of student veterans and their military education benefits.
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GI Bill Comparison Tool

The Department of Veterans Affairs created the GI Bill Comparison Tool, designed to make it easier for Veterans to calculate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and learn more about colleges, universities and other education and training programs across the country.
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Twenty states provide in-state tuition rates for veterans

Student Veterans of America have created a map that shows the states that grant in-state tuition rates for veterans.
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Student Loan Discharge or Forgiveness and Military Service

Student loans can be quite a burden on any borrower. Discharge of that student loan debt can be very difficult. However, there are options.
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USERRA Basics: What You Need to Know Before Taking Action

Under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), members of the uniformed services are entitled to return to their jobs as if they had never deployed.