The Post 9/11 GI Bill is a life-changing resource for veterans who have served for at least 90 days.  Through the program, tuition payments are made directly to your school, and you’re given a monthly living allowance and a book stipend of $1,000 per year.  And there are jobs waiting for educated veterans.


5tipstousegilbillHere are 5 facts about the GI Bill to help you take full advantage:


  1. You have up to 15 years to use your Post 9/11 GI Bill after separating from the service.  If you re-join service for more than 90 days, your eligibility timeline is re-set!
  2. You can start and then stop your GI Bill benefits. You can use the Bill for a period of time, take some time off, and then re-apply using your benefits.
  3. Your GI Bill benefits are NOT taxable! No need for you to pay taxes on these funds.
  4. You may be eligible to transfer your benefits to your spouse or dependant.
  5. You can use the GI Bill for college and advanced degree programs OR vocational technical training programs.

Here’s an example of a career with plenty of available jobs –use your GI Bill benefits to help you become a licensed Orthotics & Prosthetics Technician. O&P is the evaluation, fabrication, and custom fitting of artificial limbs and orthopedic braces.  It’s a trending health profession that includes both cutting edge technology and hands-on patient care.  Students can attend an associate’s degree program and get extensive hands-on training in designing and making devices in the lab.

Once you finish the program, there’s virtually no down time between graduating and starting in the field. This isn’t just a job, it’s a career – and a great opportunity for people looking for employment or to make a difference in people’s lives.

It’s a great fit for returning veterans, who’ve relied on problem-solving skills in the military.  Plus, you could be helping out fellow veterans who have sustained injuries while in service.  This is a great program for women as well – you have time and flexibility to balance work and your personal life.

You can make any one of the O&P professions a lifelong career or you could further your education and training to add to your credentials.  There are tons of opportunities in patient care facilities, retail outlets, with hospitals, VA facilities, and with manufacturers.  The ability to design and work with high-tech devices that drive the profession is another plus, and the new innovations keep it fresh and interesting.

This new career program is only offered at five schools nationwide!

Log on to to learn more about careers in O&P and check out a video PSA here.

It’s your future – and everyone benefits.




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Krystel is the mom of two and an Army Wife. In addition to Army Wife 101 she is the Co-Founder of a digital media agency that connects brands with the military market. She has appeared on MSNBC ,FOX LA and formerly was a weekly contributor to HLN's "Raising America". She has written for various outlets including Sheknows and Lifetime and is a big fan of cupcakes and french fries.

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