Useful Links for Veteran Students
Benefits provided to veterans by the U. S. Department of Veteran Affairs: VA’s online benefit booklet. This booklet will provide an overview of the range of benefits available to eligible veterans.
Funding Your College Education
The U. S. Department of Education provides information about, and access to a variety of student assistance programs. Further information and application procedures may be found at their website.
Visit College Scholarships, a free search engine for scholarships offered by organizations throughout the nation.
Thomas Edison State College offers a number of scholarships to veteran and their family members. Information may be found at the College's Military Scholarships page.
Career Services for Veterans
Choosing a Post-Military Career
Veteran Mentorship Program: ACP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting veterans in their transition from the armed services to the civilian workforce. With the help of business professionals nationwide, ACP offers veterans tools for long-term career development through mentoring, career counseling, and networking opportunities. With the belief that one-on-one relationships enhance an atmosphere of mutual understanding, respect, and support, ACP aims to strengthen the connection between corporate America and veteran communities. Additional information can be found at Veteran Mentorship Program.
Finding a New Career-Fit: The VA has provided an online tool to help veterans identify a relevant career field for them following their military service.
Teaching as a Second Career: Many veterans begin a second career as an elementary or secondary teacher. Many school districts are eager to hire veterans, and the federally sponsored Troops to Teachers program offers assistance and financial support for veterans seeking state teaching certification. Further information can be found at the Troops to Teachers website. Note that teachers must be certified or licensed by the State Department of Education in the state they teach in. Each of those agencies has a website that will explain the certification process to become a teacher in that state. Many veterans pursue the “alternate route to certification” program provided in most states.
Jobs with the Federal Government: The VA has provided information for individuals seeking a second career with the federal government at Military to Civilian: Starting a Federal Job Search. Many veterans are eligible for preferential hiring for federal jobs.
A complete listing of federal job openings and application procedures may be found at USAJOBS.