In our society one of the biggest advantages in military service is benefits that aid in getting an education. These benefit programs vary but they are the programs that often give the best support in getting an education found anywhere. One of these programs is for long term veterans of the military, those that have been in the military over 20 years and are looking at their retirement and civilian life. Many long term military Service personnel, both men and women, would be excellent teachers or instructors, but they require a college degree in many applications to be teachers. The VEAP education assistance program is one benefit program that can assist in this endeavor.
This is a program that stands for the Veterans Education Assistance program. It is specially designed for veterans who have a long proud term of service, and are nearing retirement. Veterans who have paid over a long period of years on active duty are eligible. Receiving funds under the VEAP program is something that not everyone is qualified for, even if they served during the time periods in question. You can transfer some benefits that are claimable under the VEAP program to the Montgomery GI Bill Program. This program is similar to, but not exactly the same as the Montgomery GI Bill program.
The Military VEAP program provides for benefits up to 36 months of funding for different types of training. The types of training varies, but includes: funds toward getting a HS diploma or GED course in some situations, correspondence training courses, vocational or technical school education, tests, licenses, or certification training required to obtain, advance in, or keep a job or specified employment. As a rule you have 10 years from the date of your separation to use education funds, whether from VEAP benefits or from MGIB funding. If you are a veteran that is approaching retirement, and you have over 20 years of service, you should consider investigating to see if you qualify for the VEAP educational benefit program. If you qualify, then you should obtain the Form 22-1990 from the Veterans Administration to apply, you can apply up to six months before you are separated.
If you are recently retired, and you served over 20 years in the military, you should also investigate if you are qualified for these benefits. Just as the Montgomery GI bill, you are able to start and stop these benefits as needed, as long as you are within your 10 year window from the date of your separation from Active Duty Service.