Wounded veterans face additional issues when attempting to go back to school. The DoD and Department of Veterans Affairs have several programs designed to help them achieve their education and career goals.
Select any of the following links to learn more about veteran education Wounded Warior education support programs offered by the DoD and VA and other support programs organizations.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill will pay you a housing allowance while you are attending classes.The bill's benefits also include a $1,000 annual book stipend and reimbursement for college admission tests such as the SAT.
In addition to the GI Bill, there are numerous other tuition assistance and vocational rehabilitation programs available for wounded warriors and other returning servicemembers. Those resources include:
- The Army's Warrior Transition Command
- The Air Force Wounded Warrior AFW2
- The Navy and Coast Guard Wounded Warrior Safe Harbor
- The Marine's Wounded Warrior Regiment
- The VA's Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program helps veterans with service-related disabilities to find and retain employment. That can include resume development, apprenticeships, on-the-job training and training at a technical or business school. The program also provides counseling, medical referrals and independent living services for disabled veterans who are unable to work.
- The VA's VetSuccess On Campus Program helps Veterans, Servicemembers, and their qualified dependents succeed and thrive through a coordinated delivery of on-campus benefits assistance and counseling, leading to completion of their education and preparing them to enter the labor market in viable careers.
- Student Veterans of America, which was formed in 2008, has about 500 chapters on campuses worldwide. The nonprofit organization's mission is, “To provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.” That can include networking opportunities, financial assistance for student veterans serving internships and various scholarships. Many colleges and universities also provide veteran-related services directly, including counseling and job training.
These are just a sampling of the programs available to wounded warriors and other returning servicemembers who want to pursue an education or vocational training. As with any undertaking, it's important to verify the authenticity of organizations and programs, and determine any eligibility requirements. The VA is a good starting point for prospective students looking to conduct such research.