In addition to the pensions and benefits to which you may be entitled because of both public and private employment, you may also be eligible for certain benefits based on your military service.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Labor (DoL) and the Department of Education (DoE) all administer a number of employment, education, and training programs for veterans. The following is a summary of these programs:
Remember: There may be many scholarships, special loans, grants, and more available outside of Federal Govt. It will take some research on your part, but take advantage of the time you have put into the service - it can and should be rewarded! You can get started by checking out the State Veteran Programs list.
Remember that G.I. Bill benefits only extend for a fixed period of time after you leave - generally 10 years for Active Duty and 10 - 14 years for Selective Reserve.
Members eligible for the Vietnam Era G.I. Bill Conversion are those individuals who had remaining entitlement under the Vietnam Era GI Bill on Dec. 31, 1989, and served on active duty without a break sometime between Oct. 19, 1984, and July 1, 1985, and continued to serve on active duty to July 1, 1988, or to July 1, 1987, followed by four years in the Selected Reserve after release from active duty.
VEAP education eligibility may be established even though the required active duty is not completed if the veteran: (a) receives VA disability compensation or military disability retirement; (b) served a previous period of at least 24 continuous months of active duty before Oct. 17, 1981; or (c) was discharged or released for early out, hardship or service-connected disability.