Just after the New Year, Student Veterans of America will hold their annual conference in Orlando, Florida, and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki is slated to deliver the keynote address to student Vets from universities and colleges from across the country.

This comes at a crucial time for student Vets, as more are pursuing higher education than ever before. Each semester sees an uptick in enrollment, as if you read the news, some schools are challenged to keep up with the pace.

So as one semester comes to a close and another one around the corner, here are a few resources to help no matter where you are in your academic career:

  • It’s hard to know where to get you started, so here are a few tips, including ways to get cheaper textbooks and filing paperwork quickly to get payments a little faster
  • Be cautious of where you get your VA and GI Bill information. Some companies employ deceptive websites to snag your hard earned benefits. Stay up to date with GI Bill news and announcements by following the GI Bill Facebook page, VBA Twitter feed and GI Bill home page
  • College is the place to excel, even if you’re used to the team environment. Make sure you set your sights high
  • Get involved at your local SVA chapter, or if there isn’t one at your campus, start one

If you’re graduating this month, congratulations! Everyone else: keep your head down and finish strong.

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Published on Dec. 13, 2012

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  1. Kris December 17, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    I am very fortunate to have been awared the VRAP, now just find a school that has a course I am interested in. I have a school, but I think for their cert as a personal trainer they want the money right away and i dont have 1k sitting around these days.

    Thanks to all the Vets and the VA. I’m very happy with all they have helped me with.

  2. VA National Center for PTSD December 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Be sure to see the NEW VA Campus Toolkit:
    Provides college faculty, staff, and administrators with resources to support student Veterans who are adjusting to campus life.

  3. Charles Lilly December 14, 2012 at 11:55 am

    40 years ago, I just got out of service, and the VA in Cincinnati, was not very helpful in helping me in the slightest. 10 years ago, I have been taking classes to enhance my Engineering Skills, thus hiring me as a qualified Candidate for working at various Nuclear Power Plants, Nuclear Weapons Plants, Chemical Plants, Wastewater Treatment Plants, Pharmaceutical and Food Process Plants. Take this one tidbit of advice; 80% of College Grads come out with a degree in the Arts (do what makes you happiest) but Employers are looking for Technical Graduates. I am retired now, but I really liked the work, unfortunately my disability has overpowered my passion to work.

  4. chuyển phát nhanh December 14, 2012 at 5:22 am

    thanks for share. it great

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