Veterans Education News & Updates
Newsletter Highlights Veterans Education Programs
The Veterans Education and Training Section produces an electronic newsletter for Missouri and Iowa veterans and the educational community.
VA School Certifying Official Site
To find related links, contact general information, regional processing offices, other benefits, school resource page certification and training, VA-ONCE guidance, school official's handbook, school official training, education benefit presentations and more.
Post-9/11 GI Bill
In July of 2008 the Post-9/11 GI Bill was signed into law, creating a new robust education benefits program rivaling the WWII Era GI Bill of Rights. The new Post 9/11 GI Bill, which goes into effect on August 1, 2009, will provide education benefits for service members who have served on active duty for 90 or more days since Sept. 10, 2001. These benefits are tiered based on the number of days served on active duty, creating a benefit package that gives current and previously activated National Guard and Reserve members the same benefits as active duty service members.
Missouri Veterans Educational Programs
Achieve High Approval Rankings
In 2009, Missouri's Veterans Education and Training section received a top state performance ranking by the Veterans Administration. Missouri was ranked first in the nation in active apprenticeship and on-the-job (OTJ) training approvals. The state's program also was eighth highest in approvals for Institutions of Higher Learning and non-college degree schools.
Troops To Teachers Program Still A Win-Win
The Troops to Teachers program continues to pursue the goal of helping to relieve teacher shortages, especially in math, science, special education and other high needs subject areas, while also assisting military personnel in making successful transitions to second careers in teaching.
DESE's Division of Career Education is among the network of state Troops to Teachers program offices that has been established to provide participants with counseling and assistance regarding certification requirements, routes to state certification, and employment leads. It also began managing Iowa's program in 2007 through the program's consortium of states.
Financial assistance may be provided to eligible individuals. Stipends up to $5,000 may help reimburse teacher certification costs, or bonuses of $10,000 may be provided to participating teachers in schools serving a high percentage of students from low-income families. Participants who accept the stipend or bonus must agree to teach for three years in targeted schools in accordance with the authorizing legislation.
Troops To Teachers participants also may be eligible for VA on-the-job training benefits.