If you’re a Veteran looking to start a career in the skilled trades, you may be eligible for assistance through your GI Bill benefits. The GI Bill provides educational and training benefits to Veterans, including funding for vocational and trade schools. Educational benefits include: 

  • Tuition and Fees
  • Maximum benefit includes the full cost of public in-state tuition and fees. They cap the rates for private and foreign schools (Rates are updated annually). 
  •  Money for housing (if you are in school more than half-time) 
  • Housing allotment is paid at an E-5 pay rate for the location, but varies by cost of living 
  • Money for books and supplies 
  • Up to $1,000 per school year. 
  • Money to help move you from a rural area to go to school
  • You may qualify for a one time payment if you live in a country with 6 or fewer people per square mile and you are either moving at least 500 miles to go to school or have no other option but to fly by plane to get to your school. 

As a Veteran you have full access to these benefits and can use them to continue your career into the skilled trades. You may be asking what’s next? What should I do now? Well here are some steps to follow to make that leap into the trades a little bit easier. 

  1. Choose a skilled trade: There are a variety of skilled trades out there such as welding, plumbing, carpentry, HVAC , electricians, and more. Choose the best fit for you based on your interests and skills you already have. 
  2. Determine eligibility: To use your GI Benefits for vocational or trade school you must be eligible for the Post 9/11 or the Montgomery GI Bill.
  3.  Choose a school or training program
  4.  Apply for benefits 
  5.  Get certified 
  6. Create a jobseeker profile on BlueRecruit 

In conclusion , As a Veteran looking to start your career in the skilled trades, your GI Bill can provide you with the education and training you need to jumpstart your career. Therefore, by following these simple steps you can enter into a successful career. To take the next steps click down below for the GI Bill info and application.

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