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Veterans and Reservists
Veterans and Reservists:
The GI Bill program provides up to 36 months of education benefits for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency and refresher courses can be approved under certain circumstances. Benefits are payable for 10 years following release from active duty.
The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Vet Success program is authorized by Congress under Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 31. The VR&E Vet Success Program is administered by a different department of VA than regular education benefits. The Vet Success program assists veterans with a service-connected disability to prepare for, find, and keep suitable employment. For veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, Vet Success offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.
Contact the VR&E Benefits Office at (916) 364-6500 or go in person to the Old Placerville Road address. You will need to make an appointment in person. Call first for days and times of operation. Several Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) are also at this address, five days per week, and can help you as well.
Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment
10365 Old Placerville Road
Sacramento, Ca 95827
The general VA benefits number is (800)-827-1000.
Tip: Use the eBenefits site to expedite things. eBenefits is a portal and central location for veterans, service members, and their families to research, find, access, and manage their benefits and personal information. Call 1-800-983-0937 to get a premium account to access this system. This is suggested as the quickest way to file a "fully developed disability claim".
Veterans must meet with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) before completing the required college documents. The VRC will provide an evaluation and help to select a plan to address the educational needs of the veteran. Click here for more information.
VEAP is available if you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. Your contributions are matched on a $2 for $1 basis by the Government. You may use these benefits for degree, certificate, correspondence, apprenticeship/on-the-job training programs, and vocational flight training programs. In certain circumstances, remedial, deficiency, and refresher training may also be available. Benefit entitlement is 1 to 36 months depending on the number of monthly contributions. You have 10 years from your release from active duty to use VEAP benefits. If there is entitlement not used after the 10-year period, your portion remaining in the fund will be automatically refunded.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. This benefit provides up to 36 months of educational benefits and is generally payable for 15 years following your release from active duty. Based on your length of service, you are entitled to a percentage of the benefit (see information under Benefit Payment Information). This benefit offers some service members the opportunity to transfer their GI Bill to dependents.
This program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.
REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.
VRAP offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed veterans. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Labor (DOL) are working together to roll out this new program on July 1, 2012. Participants may receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty program. DOL will offer employment assistance to every veteran who participates upon completion of the program.
The VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to veterans who:
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Service members enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill program will be able to transfer unused educational benefits to their spouses or children starting August 1, 2009.
The dependent child, spouse or unmarried surviving spouses of a service connected-disabled or deceased veteran may be entitled to fee waiver benefits at all California community colleges, CSU system and UC system universities. For information please contact your local County Veterans Service Office at (916) 874-6811 or the college Veterans Services Office. You can also download an application at the following link.
The benefit must be renewed each academic year. After a student has applied for the Fee Waiver with their local County Veterans office, and is approved, they will receive an approval letter in the mail. The student should bring this letter to the CRC Financial Aid Office and attach it to the BOG Fee waiver form for processing. CRC Veterans Services does NOT process the Fee Waiver for Veterans' Dependents, Financial Aid does.
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Public Law 111-32, the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship, amends the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) to include the children of services members who die in the line of duty after September 10, 2001.
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Sons, daughters and spouses of a veteran may be eligible for benefits if the veteran died while on active duty, died after discharge from active duty of a service-connected disability, is permanently and totally disabled as a result of a service-connected disability, or is listed as missing in action for a total of more than 90 days.
Eligible persons are entitled to a maximum of 45 months of full-time benefits. Generally, the eligibility period for sons and daughters is between the ages of 18 and 26. A spouse may use educational benefits during a 10 year period after eligibility is found.
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CRC VA Dependents Enrollment Checklist