How to use VA education benefits for educational purpose
The United States department of veteran affairs provides several benefits to the eligible military veterans. These VA benefits are medical facilities at VA medical centers or outpatient clinics located in the country, several non-healthcare benefits such as disability compensation, vocational rehabilitation, education assistance, home loans, and life insurance. They also provide burial and memorial benefits to eligible veterans and family members at 135 national cemeteries. These benefits were first provided to the veterans who returned from World War II.
This law for proving benefits to the veterans was called the “G.I. Bill”. The first G.I. bill expired in 1956.
So, the families of veterans are also eligible for these benefits but only if the veteran is permanently and totally disabled due to a service-connected disability or has Died while on serving the nation or as a result of a service-connected disability.
But out of all these benefits we will be discussing VA education benefits.
Some of the VA educational benefits provided are:
1. Education and training
2. Money for tuition and fees
3. Money for housing
4. Money for books and supplies
5. Apprenticeships and on-the-job training
So, before you learn how to use the VA education benefits, you must check out the eligibility. If you are eligible, then you have to activate the VA education benefits, then you can apply for the benefits above mentioned. There are 2 categories of DEA and fry scholarship.
DEA is available to the family member between the age of 18-26 years. On the other hand, fry scholarship is available in between the age group of 18-33 years.
How to apply for VA education benefits
To apply for the VA education benefits you need some documents for the application which are:
1. Social security number
2. Bank account direct deposit information
3. Education and military history
4. The information about the school or the training facility you want to attend or are attending currently.
How do you apply for the VA education benefits:
Now, to apply for the benefits right now, just by answering a few questions and the official veteran government website.
You can also apply via. Mail, Call 888-442-4551, from Monday to Friday, between 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, to request that we have sent the application to you. Fill it and mail it to the VA regional claims processing office that is in the same location as your school.
You can also apply in person, You can go to the VA regional office near you and ask a VA employee to help you. Also, you can work with your school certifying official.
You can also apply with the help of a trained professional, or an accredited representative to get help applying you for VA education benefits.
After you apply you can make changes in your application. You have to give the documents on the official G.I. bill website. It usually takes around 30 days for the VA to make the decision.
VA scholarship opportunities
VA also provide the family members with scholarships, some of these are mention here:
1. Academic top scholars(ATS)
2. AFCEA education fund
3. Allied Van Lines 2020 Military Scholarship
4. American Legion Auxiliary Department Scholarship
5. American Legion Legacy Scholarship
6. American Legion Scholarship
7. America’s Child
8. AMVETS and many more.