One of the largest sources of benefits for the Servicemember is the VA, but many veterans do not realize some of the different benefits that they are eligible for, or they do not apply for benefits that they are eligible for. Different benefits such as the Montgomery GI Bill, and education tuition assistance are well known, but others are lesser-known and not applied for, despite being eligible for by many veterans. These are some of the many reasons that some veterans do not go back to school. There are other benefits offered by the Federal Government to try and encourage veterans to return to school. This is to help restore confidence and encourage veterans to apply for educational or school programs.
Many veterans have been out of school for many years, and some veterans lack confidence in their educational abilities, or academic chops. They believe they are rusty or do not have the skills necessary to re enter academic life. Well there is a program that is designed to help veterans re enter educational life. It is called the Upward Bound program for Veterans, or VUB program for short. It is specifically designed to assist Servicemembers re enter the world of scholastic study. It is a Federal program from the Department of Education to refresh and revitalize a Servicemembers academic ability and renew their skills.
There are a number of different programs involved in the VUB. There are short-term programs that are designed to help a person get ready for training or education. These are the classes to complete a GED or prepare to finish your High School diploma, or to later gain admission to different College degree programs. There are a number of refresher programs, this is the type of program designed to give a person confidence and review for a specific academic ability or concept, like mathematics, English, history or other subjects.
To qualify for the Veterans Upward Bound program you have to have been discharged with an honorable discharge, served in the military on active duty after 1955, and have 181 days or more of active duty service. You also have to qualify for low-income services as defined by the program. This is a great opportunity for many veterans looking to get a leg up on finding a job or getting further employment.