Welcome to dese.mo.gov. We hope you enjoy the site, and we welcome your feedback.

News and Updates


Thank You -  June 28 is the last day for John Hose in the Veterans Education and Training Office-Missouri State Approving Agency. Thank you for your 33 years of service to the state of Missouri, plus more years to your country, veterans and their families.   https://twitter.com/MOEducation/status/1144665989772193793


Operation Recognition - A 71-year old receives his high school diploma through the Operation Recognition program, a joint effort between DESE and Missouri Veterans Commission. Click on the link provided to read the article:  http://www.newstribune.com/news/local/story/2019/may/12/vietnam-war-veteran-among-jefferson-city-graduates-receiving-high-school-diplomas/778392/


75th Anniversary of the GI Bill - Since 1944 the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, also known as the GI Bill, has impacted the lives of millions of Veterans and their families. To learn more:  https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/75th-anniversary.asp


On-the-Job Training and Apprenticeship - "Most veterans know the G.I. Bill can be used for higher education and technical schools, but not all realize apprenticeships and on-the-job training are options too."

Read more about this opportunity:   http://www.fultonsun.com/news/local/story/2019/jan/31/fulton-promotes-less-known-gi-bill-use/763505/


FY 2018 - Annual Report  National Association of State Approving Agencies (NASAA)  has released their annual report.

NASAA 2018 Annual Report


Veterans Commission - Veterans Service Program  Through the Veterans Service Program, accredited Veterans Service Officers (VSO) provide counseling and assistance to thousands of Veterans and their dependents on available VA and state Veterans' benefits. Visit their website


The New Forever GI Bill®—What it Means for You The legislation eliminates  the current 15-year time limit on use of the Post 9/11 GI Bill for those who were discharged on or after Jan. 1, 2013.  For more information, visit their website or call 888-442-4551.


What are VA GI Bill OJT/Apprenticeship and Missouri Show Me Heroes Programs? Missouri State Approving Agency and the Show-Me Heroes Program agree to share information regarding VA benefits for on-the-job training and apprenticeship and Show Me Heroes on-the-job training reimbursements to employers.

The VA program for on-the-job- training and apprenticeship include benefits for eligible veterans and dependents. The minimum training program length is at least six months. Benefits range from $276 to $1,341 or more per month paid to the veteran, based on entitlement.

The Show-Me Heroes Program features a 50% wage reimbursement to employers in qualifying training for up to six months. Some veterans may qualify for both programs based on each program approval criteria.

Contact the Missouri State Approving Agency at 1-877-530-2765 or 1-573-751-1250. 

The Show-Me Heroes program phone number is 1-800-592-6020 or visit their website.