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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. 

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

Chad Schatz, Director  573-751-1250
Vacant, Assistant  Director 573-751-3487
Loretta Fennewald, Program Specialist 573-751-2571
FAX 573-526-5710

Kansas City Office 

Sharon Sawyer, Supervisor 816-241-1705
Vacant, Support Staff 816-241-1705
Leo Blakley, Approval Developer 816-241-1705
FAX  816-241-1224

St. Louis Office

John Hose, Education Specialist  314-729-2400 X7325
Michele Mueller, Supervisor  314-729-2400 X7326
Suzanne Adam, Secretary II 314-729-2444
Robert Hummel, Approval Developer 314-729-2444
FAX 314-729-2495

Troops to Teachers

 877-530-2765 -  [email protected]

Vacant, Supervisor 314-729-2444
Ron Marsch, Supervisor 573-522-2061
FAX 573-526-5710