What do you want to be when you grow up? This common question to children brings out optimism, hope and a lot of imagination.  

VA benefits give Veterans the opportunity to experience this excitement again. Whether the goal is to be a veterinarian, chef or mechanic, VA may be able to help Veterans with their career goals.

VA education benefits may be used toward traditional degrees, non-college degrees, on-the-job training, apprenticeships and more. A few key programs that Veterans may be able to use to pursue dream careers include:

Post-9/11 GI Bill®

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Chris, an Army Veteran, accredits the Post-9/11 GI Bill for saving his life and his marriage. This program helped Chris earn his degree to start his career as a chiropractor. “It allowed me to be able to go back to school and earn my degree so that I can provide for my family – it changed my life,” he said.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill can help cover the cost of tuition, housing, training and other education-related expenses.

“People think it’s hard to use the GI Bill, and it’s not,” said Curtis, a Marine Corps Veteran. “It’s a seamless, easy program, and the benefits are just unbelievable. You can concentrate on your studies and that transition into becoming a civilian again.”

Learn more about the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)

VR&E assists Veterans and service members with an established employment handicap resulting from a service-connected disability. Natasha, an Army Veteran, used VR&E to advance her career and help her realize her dreams for the future.

“In the long run, having the career that I want will let me be the mother that I want to be,” she said.

VR&E services may help Veterans with:

  • Job training
  • Employment accommodations
  • Resume development
  • Job seeking skills and coaching

Get more information about VR&E.

Other Employment Resources

VA offers employment resources for every stage of a Veteran’s job search. Veterans who qualify for VA employment services can:

  • Get help creating their resume
  • Use military skills translators for federal or private-sector jobs
  • Search for jobs and find employers who want to hire Veterans
  • Receive one-on-one career counseling

Check out additional employment resources and visit Explore.VA.gov to learn more about all VA benefits.