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5.4. Education and Vocational Training Programs

The government provides education and training to separating service members to assist them in achieving the knowledge and skills necessary to obtain the careers that they want to pursue. The VA administers several programs in this regard, such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) and the Post-Vietnam-era Veterans' Educational Assistance Program (VEAP). Under these programs, the VA provides financial assistance to veterans for enrollment in degree programs, technical and vocational programs, correspondence courses, flight training courses, and on-the-job training and apprenticeship programs. These programs must be approved by the VA before benefits can be paid.

The Post-9/11 bill, the MGIB and the VEAP are designed to help develop skills that will enhance opportunities for employment. In general, the benefits under either of these programs must be used within 10 years of separation from active duty.

For more information go to our VA Guide to VA Benefits:  http://helpdesk.vetsfirst.org/index.php?pg=kb.book&id=76

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