Life after military service can give veterans and service members a lot of choices for their career. These choices, whether they want to pursue further training, education or employment itself, can be availed not only for the veterans, but for their dependents as well.

GI Bill and Other VA Educational Programs

For a lot of individuals who were in the military service (and even those who are still in service), they choose to further their education and avail of the educational benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The servicemen’s/veteran’s spouse, as well as their other dependents, are also eligible of these programs.

Basically, what you qualify for depends on when you served and there are a lot of VA educational programs to choose from. One example is the Post-9/11 GI Bill which is a program for servicemen and veterans (including families) who were in service after September 20, 2001.

In choosing the best schools and trainings, there is an educational benefits decision-making tool by the VA that you can use.

You can apply for this online, in person or by mail.

Visit the G.I. Bill’s frequently asked questions or call 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551). If you are overseas, call 001-716-857-3196/3197.

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)

For servicemembers who want to get a degree but are troubled with frequent military transfers, the SOC or Servicemen Opportunity Colleges can help them. These are civilian colleges/universities who simplify credit transfers and reduce residency requirements, give classes on or near military installations in US or overseas, and on military ships, offer distance learning program and degrees depending on their military job and are open to servicemembers and their families.

To know more about this, approach your unit’s education officer or contact SOC at 1-800-368-5622.

Employment and Job Training for Veterans

For current/former US servicemembers looking for civilian jobs, they can visit the following:

  1. CareerOneStop’s Veterans ReEmployment

-for information and resources about job search, benefits, training opportunities and more.

  1. Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS)

-to prepare servicemembers for meaningful careers, employment resources and expertise.

  1. Veterans Job Bank

– for servicemembers who are searching for jobs in nearby areas.

  1. Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program

-for servicemen who needs help with job training, employment accommodations, job seeking skills and for those planning to start their own businesses.

For those looking for federal employment,  they can visit:

  1. Federal Employment for Veterans.
  2. Veterans’ Preference Advisor

-this enables them to learn about veterans’ preference over other candidates when applying for federal government jobs.

Small Business Resources for Veterans

Veterans who already have their own businesses and those planning to have their own as well can go to the VA and look for small business resources. Through the Veteran Entrepreneur Portal (VEP), veterans are given links to various tools and guides for start-ups, step-by-step information about business plans, financing opportunities to take advantage of, government programs and other training courses that can help veterans with their own businesses.