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Potential Employers Provide GI Bill Incentives For Veterans

By Natasha Bright

As the military begins its drawdown process in Iraq, more and more veterans will be coming home from overseas. Some of them will continue in the military, while others will be separating from active duty service. Whether they remain with the military or decide to re-enter civilian life, many of these service members will want to start taking advantage of the educational benefits that are available to them in the form of veteran education.

The New GI Bill offers returning military members an excellent opportunity to go to school to further their education, whether they already have a college degree or not. Going back to school may be a good way for vets to begin to transition back to civilian life. By enrolling in college, whether in an online school or a traditional school, a veteran can begin to see the wide array of choices that will be available to them.

The men and women of our armed forces have made tremendous sacrifices both at home and abroad since 9/11. That is why Congress has implemented a new version of the New GI Bill that covers many more expenses than it used to. The New GI Bill rewards service members with benefits that include tuition, fees, books, and in some cases, even a housing allowance.

Colleges across the nation have also recognized that military service members not only deserve recognition, but help, so they can ease into their education with little stress. That is the reason for many new programs that offer to help military students get the most out of their education. Since the needs of military students often differ from regular college students, colleges have programs in place like special orientations, tutoring, counseling, and job placement services that are all designed for the military students’ needs.

Once a decision has been made to return to school, veterans must decide what type of education will suit them best. Some will want to pursue a two- or a four-year program, culminating in a degree. Others will want to enroll in technical schools that offer training in a specific technical area, like machinery. Others may want to go on to graduate school or medical school.

Corporate America is doing all they can to help these military members make decisions that will affect their futures. Companies are beginning to create initiatives for veterans to help them make career choices for their civilian life. Not only are they offering advice, but a few corporations and businesses are now allowing military education online to be used to select training opportunities in a few highly competitive fields.

For example, there are software corporations that are allowing the GI Bill to pay for certification exams in some qualified information technology fields, like networking. The continuing job growth for networking professionals isn’t likely to abate anytime soon, offering a good opportunity to veterans who are interested in this field of work. Another field of work that is now allowing the use of GI Bill money is the shipping and freight business. Vets can now use the GI Bill to pay for their commercial truck driving apprenticeship, and some other types of apprenticeship may also allow the use of the GI Bill.

Many managers point to their work ethic, natural leadership abilities, and maturity, as just a few of the reasons why veterans make great employees. Combining these winning characteristics with a online degree and GI Bill education will certainly make military service members very attractive candidates on the civilian work force.

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Bright, Natasha "Potential Employers Provide GI Bill Incentives For Veterans." Potential Employers Provide GI Bill Incentives For Veterans. 21 Jun. 2010. 5 May 2015 <>.

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