What is Co-Managed Care for Veterans?

Wounded Warriors Education Opportunities

Successful recovery — physically, emotionally, professionally and financially — for our nation’s wounded service members may look different for each person, but one thing is certain: recovery is even more difficult without support. A number of organizations across the country have come together to help our wounded warriors in many aspects of their recovery.

For some, recovery includes a return to school and an opportunity to pursue a new career path. A 2011 Georgetown University study indicates that people with a bachelor’s degree earn an average of 84 percent more over their lifetime than those with a high school diploma. For a wounded veteran, earning a degree can be an empowering step to long-term recovery and self-reliance.

Although a recovering veteran may have different needs than the more traditional student, there are a number of options and programs available to offer veterans a more secure learning environment. Many wounded veterans benefit greatly from distance learning, which can reduce physical obstacles related to treatment accessibility and transportation. Many top-ranked colleges and universities nationwide, including undergraduate and graduate degree programs, offer coursework if not full degree programs online with 24/7 access.

Recent changes to the post-9/11 GI Bill enable qualified service members who are taking only online courses to also receive a housing allowance, along with a $1,000 annual book stipend and reimbursement for college admission tests such as the SAT.

A number of tuition assistance and vocational rehabilitation programs are available for returning veterans. Below is a sampling of programs in addition to the GI Bill that are available to wounded warriors who want to pursue an education or vocational training. Be sure to research any program with the VA or other trusted resource before providing any personal information online.

  • The Severely Injured Military Veterans: Fulfilling Their Dreams program offers educational guidance and support to wounded veterans. Created by the American Council on Education, the program begins while service members are still recuperating at a military hospital.
  • The U.S. Army's Warrior Transition Command website is a comprehensive resource for soldiers seeking to pursue an education, training or professional certifications.
  • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Yellow Ribbon Program is a benefits assistance program that allows participating degree-granting colleges and universities to provide tuition assistance to veterans who meet certain eligibility requirements. It helps pay tuition costs and other fees exceeding the GI Bill's cap.
  • The VA's VetSuccess Program helps veterans with service-related disabilities with many employment-related issues, including training at a technical/business school.
  • Student Veterans of America’s mission is to provide veterans with the resources, support and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.” The organization has about 500 chapters on campuses worldwide. Their activities include networking opportunities, financial assistance for student veterans serving internships and various scholarships. Many colleges and universities also provide veteran-related services directly, including counseling and job training.
  • American Soldier Foundation provides grants or interest-free loans for a number of critical needs, including education planning and scholarships.
  • The Military Warriors Support Foundation offers four-year degree scholarships, access to test-out programs and educational assessment counseling.

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