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May 3, 11:46 am Eastern
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
WASHINGTON, May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Veterans taking tests required for
certification or licensure in an occupation may be able to use their
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits to cover test fees.
benefits already cover many of the courses needed for occupational licensure.
The new benefit made possible by a recent change in law allows VA to pay for
such things as a state bar examination required to practice law or a license
qualification test for a plumber.
may be reimbursed for actual examination costs up to $2,000 per test.
Participants must be eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill or the Veterans'
Educational Assistance Program. The benefit is also available to survivors of
veterans who qualify for the Dependents Educational Assistance program.
determining which tests will be approved for reimbursement, VA will rely on
its existing partnerships with state agencies that certify education programs
for GI Bill benefits. In general, if the testing organization is a
non-governmental group, the test must be accepted within the industry and meet
other requirements, such as having been in use for at least two years.
it is a new program, few tests were immediately authorized, but VA is
encouraging organizations that administer occupational licensure and
certification tests to request state approving agencies to review their
examinations to obtain standing approval.
veterans and certifying organizations may obtain information about the process
by calling VA's education service at 888-442-4551. Payments are sent directly
to the veterans, who may obtain more information about VA educational benefits
and procedures to apply for test reimbursement from VA's Web site at http://www.gibill.va.gov
this day to the ending of the world,
we in it shall be remember'd;
few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
he to-day that sheds his blood with me
be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
day shall gentle his condition:
gentlemen in England now a-bed
think themselves accursed they were not here,
hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day".
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