Sometimes the period of time that is the most difficult in service in the United States Military is the period AFTER your enlistment. A person that is a member of the military is a member of an elite force, part of the best Armed Forces service in the world. As such, it is fairly easy to get used to the respect and support that comes with being a part of the American Military. But after the end of enlistment it can be all too easy to find life more of a challenge.
The training and support that a military Servicemember obtains in Today?s United States Military is second to none. And there are a number of different benefits that are open to them after their military service is completed. However, a large number of military Veterans either are not aware of their benefits as Veterans, or for one reason or another they do not take part in the different type of benefits that are theirs for the taking. In some cases, Veterans will believe that Montgomery GI Bill benefits are only available for going to college, and are not aware of some of the different vocational abilities. This and a number of other reasons often unnecessarily prevent a Veteran from taking full advantage of different lucrative opportunities.
There is a program called the Veteran Upward Bound Program, and it is designed for Veterans, to help re integrate them into full use of their benefits and services. It offers services for Veterans to make full use of all services and funds that are entitled to them. There are a number of different programs available, both long term and short term programs. Short Term- There are programs that are available to help the accomplishment of different types of short term goals. Such areas as obtaining certification or a vocational license, getting a GED or finishing High School, or other short term goals can be accomplished this way. The Upward bound program is one specifically designed by Congress, it is a Department of Education and Veterans Administration joint Federal program that is designed to revitalize and refresh a person.
Educational Financial Aid- Many Veterans believe that they only have a short time to get help to go to school, or they do not seek college until later and think their benefits have elapsed. A Servicemember has up to 10 years to use their MGIB funding, and if they are called back for a period greater than 180 days on deployment, then their VA benefit clock resets, and they get a new 10 year period.