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®
Chris, an Army Veteran, accredits the Post-9/11 GI Billfor 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 Billcan 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.”
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.
Islamic state members walk in the last besieged neighborhood in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria February 18, 2019. (Reuters/Rodi Said)
NEAR BAGHOUZ, Syria (Reuters) - The Islamic State appeared closer to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday, as a civilian convoy left the besieged area where U.S.-backed forces estimate a few hundred jihadists are still holed up.
Russian President Vladimir Putin fires a fortress cannon. (Associated Press/Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin)
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Wednesday that Russia will target the U.S. with new weapons should Washington decide to deploy intermediate-range ballistic missiles (ICBMs) to Europe following the recent death of a Cold War-era arms control agreement, according to multiple reports.
He threatened to target not only the host countries where U.S. missiles might be stationed but also decision-making centers in the U.S.
U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 317th Airlift Wing walk to waiting family members and friends after stepping off of a C-130J Super Hercules at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 17, 2018 (U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)
The U.S. Air Force has issued new guidelines for active-duty, reserve and National Guard airmen who are considered non-deployable, and officials will immediately begin flagging those who have been unable to deploy for 12 consecutive months for separation consideration.