E-government, or the use of online services to better deliver government services, has been a global topic since the early 2000s. Cities, counties, states, and countries have been trying to make the shift. The result is convenience for many and an ability to scale up with demand the amount of service.
The federal government has focused on improving digital delivery to citizens. One of the major focuses is expanding access to information and services for veterans.
Services for veterans covers a wide range of topics, like digital applications for healthcare and a “unified, one-stop shop digital experience” at vets.gov. On the education front, more specifically, there is a unified portal to educational benefits for veterans, including the following:
- GI Bill — The GI Bill has, since 1994, helped millions of veterans of more recent conflicts pay for college. The Post-9/11 GI Bill, in particular, is available for those with active service after September 11, 2001 and offers, in addition to tuition subsidies, a living allowance, book payments, and the ability to transfer unused education benefits to a spouse or children.
- Advanced Training and Certification — You can get help paying the fees for advanced training and certification in your professional area, including becoming a “licensed or certified mechanic, medical technician, attorney, therapist, website developer, computer network engineer, or other professional.” There is also entrepreneurship training through the VA and Small Business Administration.
- Work and Learn — Training and education are important. Experience can be as well. There are many options for on-the-job training, apprenticeships, overseas schools, and correspondence training, so you can get a degree without disrupting your career and life.
- Career Counseling — Pursuing and attaining an education and then a career are an important part of a transition to civilian life. But the change can be difficult for many veterans. Counseling and online tools like an interest and aptitude evaluator provide help.
- GI Bill Comparison Tool — With the number of schools and educational offerings available to veterans, the breadth of choices can be tough to navigate. This tool helps “[l]earn about education programs and compare estimated benefits by school.”
- Other Educational Assistance Programs — Although the Post-9/11 GI Bill is the most commonly referenced when discussing veteran educational benefits, but reservists, guardsmen, and older generations of veterans aren’t eligible. But there are other programs as well, including the REAP program for activated reservists and the VEAP program that matches educational assistance.
It’s easier than ever for veterans to learn about the range of educational benefits available to them. Head to the vets.gov portal and see what you can learn.
American Sentinel University is proud to have been named as a “Military Friendly School” for the ninth consecutive year. This distinction puts American Sentinel in the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that do the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation. Learn more about our military friendly education programs and distance learning courses.