Many veterans are unaware of the fact that they can still qualify for GI Bill education benefits, even if they are not attending an accredited institute of higher education, such as a college or university. In addition to college and university coverage, the GI Bill offers further benefits.
What Else is Covered?
Depending on which GI Bill you are under, you can enjoy educational and monetary benefits such as a monthly BAH payment, a yearly book stipend, and more. However, there is more to GI Bill benefits than coverage for college or university.
Pete Wheeler, the Georgia Commissioner of Veterans Affairs states, “Many veterans are not aware they can use their GI Bill benefits for on-the-job training (OJT) and apprenticeship programmes (APP) with most businesses. These programmed are excellent ways to enable a veteran to acquire a skill under the supervision of an experienced worker in a practical ‘hands-on’ way.”
Eligibility for OJT/APP Training Benefits
In order to use GI Bill benefits for OJT or APP at work, a veteran must be working for at least 30 hours a week or more and the employer must agree to the terms and conditions and establish the programme for it to be approved by the VA. Employers are then responsible for directing the OJT or APP training so that the veteran learns how to perform their job satisfactorily and in accordance with company policies and regulations.
OJT Training Benefits
According to Military.com, a newly hired veteran who is eligible for GI Bill benefits can receive up to $13,312 tax-free income, paid directly to them, for two-year job training. The GI Bill benefits for OJT are not paid to the employer, but are paid to the veteran who is in training, as a form of extra supplemental income that he or she will not be required to pay back or claim as income when reporting their income to the IRS.
The spouses and dependent children of veterans who have a full VA disability rating are also eligible to take advantage of GI Bill benefits for OJT/ apprenticeship training.
Examples of Approved Pathways
Examples of approved OJT/APP pathways include administration, law enforcement, electronics and plumbing. If you are interested in pursuing an OJT/APP that is not currently listed, you can submit your suggestion for approval consideration.
GI Bill benefits do not stop at the door of accredited colleges and universities. Benefits can also cover on-the-job training and apprenticeships for veterans.
GI Bill – Not Just for College