Educational benefits for veterans addressed at veterans advisory meeting

According to U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (AL-03), the biggest hurdle for men and women after serving in the military is finding the education benefits that are available for veterans.

But there are programs to help.

In Spring 2016, Jacksonville State University had about 430 students using some type of VA educational benefit.

Justin Parker, the university’s director of veteran services, also says there are still many veterans unaware of the assistance they can get.

“One of the main places veterans go to when they transition out, is to universities, whether it’s a community college , a private college , a state university,” he said.

Parker told ABC 33/40 this newer generation of veteran students has the GI Bill and heads straight for schools across the country.

“So it’s imperative we provide transitional services to these students as they get out of service,” said Parker. “Because for the next three to four years as they get out of the military we’re the main provider to help them transition out of the military.”

JSU is preparing to open a brand new veterans center to do just that.

” That way we can be a part of our community…help get the word out to veterans about the resources that are here,” said Parker.

Parker joined Congressman Rogers to get the word out to veterans who are looking for their educational benefits.

“It was disappointing to learn that as part of their exit interviews and their exit process that they aren’t given more in depth knowledge about all the opportunities that are there as far as assistance,” said Rogers.

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