Posts Tagged ‘education benefits for veterans’

VA Launches 62 More VetSuccess on Campus Programs

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

One of the many benefits for disabled veterans seeking to re-enter the workforce is the educational assistance offered through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The well-known G.I. Bill has provided scholarships to thousands of veterans seeking college degrees after their military service, and now one of the more recent programs from the VA is getting a boost.

VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) is a program that places vocational rehabilitation counselors from the VA on college campuses with large veteran populations. The transition from active military life to veteran status can be difficult, especially for disabled veterans recovering from a combat-related injury. The VSOC program provides resources to veterans entering academic life either for the first time or as a returning student.

Nearly one million servicemembers have benefitted from the VA’s educational benefits. The VSOC program began as a pilot program at the University of South Florida in 2009 and then San Diego State and Cleveland State. It expanded to five new locations in 2011 and 24 new locations by 2012. This year, the VA plans to add an additional 62 schools across the nation.

For many veterans, additional education may be necessary when returning to civilian life. Many veterans may not be able to return to their previous profession due to a lack of jobs in their field or a gap in continuing education. Injuries sustained during service may also impair a veteran from working at their previous occupation, and training in a new field may be required for veterans to work and earn a living again.

Educational support is one of the many benefits available to disabled veterans honorably discharged from their military service. Whether you were released on a medical discharge or retired naturally, if you find that you are suffering from a disabling mental or physical condition related to your military service, you may be entitled to more than just the standard veterans benefits.

The Law Offices of LaVan & Neidenberg, P.A. is here to help disabled veterans seek veterans disability benefits when they have been denied and need to appeal their claim. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits, contact us today 1-888-234-5758.

Children of Fallen Soldiers Given Education Benefits

Monday, May 10th, 2010

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is focused on ensuring veterans are provided educational benefits. Despite its problems, the Post-9/11 GI Bill has provided educational benefits to thousands of veterans. The VA has now extended their educational focus to a whole new group of beneficiaries through a brand new program and scholarship.

Children of soldiers who died while on active duty since September 11, 2001 are now entitled to have their college tuition paid under the Fry Scholarship. The VA is now accepting applications for the scholarship which will be retroactive to August 1, 2009. Starting on their 18th birthdays, recipients have 15 years to use their benefits. According to VA estimates, almost 1500 soldiers’ children will be entitled for the scholarship in 2010.

2nd District Congressman Mike Michaud (Maine) is on the House Veterans Affairs Committee and chairs the Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health. Along with many other people, Michaud believes this scholarship and access to education is the very least Congress can do to help those families of soldiers killed in the line of duty.

The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship is named after a veteran who died in Iraq in 2006 attempting to disarm an explosive. Sergeant Fry left three children behind and inspired the development of this scholarship.

Benefits being offered to veterans are always being improved. It is a fairly new but important trend to expand the benefits being offered to the veterans’ families. This scholarship is the latest step in ensuring those soldiers paying the ultimate price for this country do so knowing their families will be taken care of in their absence.

Learn more about educational benefits for children of fallen soldiers.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact LaVan & Neidenberg. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.

VA Call Center Back Up To Full Speed

Monday, March 1st, 2010

For the last two months the phones at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Education Call Center have remained unanswered on Thursdays and Fridays. Those days are over and the call center is now open again five days a week.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki credits the call center employees for being able to bring the call center back up to five days of operation. According to Secretary Shinseki, because of the employee’s efforts, 30,000 student veterans were given their checks which allowed them to buy books and pay their rent and, most importantly, stay in school.

The VA was facing a backlog of claims dating from Mid-December to mid-February. In response to the consequences of this backlog, i.e., student veterans unable to remain in school, the VA closed the call center and reassigned all the call center employees to processing the pending Post-9/11 GI Bill claims. By doing this, the employees drastically reduced the overdue education claims.

Last August, the VA was processing about 2,000 Post-9/11 GI Bill claims a day. As of two weeks ago, they were processing approximately 7,000 a day. All Post-9/11 GI Bill participants that submitted enrollments by 18Jan10 have received payment. Because the processing of the education claims are squared away, the VA will no longer make advance payments to students awaiting money from their Post-9/11 GI Bill.

This is just one more completed goal in Secretary Shinseki’s vision to make sure all veterans are given everything they are entitled to receive. At this point, all education claims are being paid in a timely fashion and student veterans are in classes.

Learn more about the VA call center processing their back log of education claims and re-opening their phone lines full time.

VA Targets Student Veterans And Schools in Nationwide GI Bill Campaign

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki will not rest. At least not until every last student veteran has taken advantage of their earned education benefit. Over the next two months, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) will conduct a nationwide campaign designed to enlist both service members and student veterans to apply for the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

Since the Post 9/11 GI Bill has been operational, 209,490 people have taken advantage of the bill to the tune of the VA issuing almost $1.9 billion in benefits. The spring semester numbers from this year show almost 180,000 student veterans enrolled and almost 90% of them have already been paid.

The Post 9/11 GI Bill campaign will tackle many mediums and formats to include:

  • Half-page ads in top college publications;
  • Online and social media;
  • Posters in registrar’s offices, dorms, cafeterias, and student unions;
  • Text messaging;
  • Print, radio, and outdoor advertising; and
  • Public service announcements on college radio stations and local stations with high concentrations of students and military installations.

The goal of this massive campaign is to reach those people that do not understand the GI Bill and how they can take advantage of its benefits. The Post 9/11 GI Bill is the most encompassing educational assistance program since the original GI Bill.

Learn more about how the VA will be attempting to reach student veterans and schools with information about the GI Bill.