Veteran caregivers enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs' stipend program and students using the Fry Scholarship can now get a free year of LinkedIn Premium, thanks to a newly extended partnership between the company and the VA.
LinkedIn's Premium accounts typically cost $29.99 per month, or $299.88 if you sign up for a full year, and bring access to a variety of features, including career courses, upgraded connections to recruiters and the ability to view who is looking at their profile.
Those users join a list of other troops and military family members who were given the free service over the past several years.
Veterans verified using the ID.me service can get the account upgrade for a year on a one-time basis. About 2.4 million veterans use that program, LinkedIn officials said last year.
And military spouses going through a permanent change of station (PCS) can access the free upgrade within six months of a move or within six months of transitioning out of military life. That one-year upgrade, announced last year, is available once for each PCS and can be accessed through Military OneSource.
To get access, caregivers must be actively accepted to and enrolled in the VA's Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. That program provides a stipend to spouses or other military caregivers who provide home health assistance to a veteran.
Fry Scholars are military spouses or the children of troops killed in the line of duty who are using education benefits through the VA.
To request a LinkedIn Premium upgrade, caregivers should email their full name and the full name of the veteran for whom they are caring to CaregiverLinkedIn.VBANYN@va.gov.
Fry Scholars should email a request with their full name and contact information to 223D.VBAVACO@va.gov.
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