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Veterans Education

The Veterans’ Education and Training Section is the State Approving Agency (SAA) for Missouri and is located in Jefferson City with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  The Missouri SAA is responsible for approving  GI Bill® programs in Missouri for veterans and other eligible individuals. 

The approval process is on-going and involves regular monitoring of the programs. Missouri has over 20,000 eligible people enrolled in programs. The programs are found in approximately 1,000 schools and training establishments and businesses. The VA pays over $40,000,000 annually in education and training benefits in Missouri. The Section assists VA in conducting mandatory compliance visits to ensure benefits are paid properly and maintain approval of programs. 

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.


Veterans:  To determine eligibility for VA benefits, call toll free (888) 442-4551.


Veterans Education and Training Staff

Jefferson City Office - 1-877-530-2765

James Henley,  Assistant Director  573-751-1250
Chad Schatz, Education and Training Specialist 573-522-2061
Loretta Fennewald, Program Specialist 573-751-2571
FAX 573-526-5710

Kansas City Office

Sharon Sawyer, Supervisor 816-292-7727
Gabrielle Contreras, Support Staff  
Leo Blakley, Approval Developer 816-292-7725
FAX   

St. Louis Office 

John Hose, Education Specialist  314-416-2129
Michele Mueller,  Director  314-416-2125
Suzanne Adam, Secretary II 314-416-2124
Rachael Summary, Supervisor 314-416-2128
Robert Hummel, Approval Developer  
FAX 314-416-2130

Troops to Teachers

 877-530-2765 -  [email protected]

James Henley, Assistant Director 573-751-1250
Turner Shipman, Supervisor 816-416-7726
FAX 573-526-5710