But there is rampant unemployment of military veterans, incredible stress of multiple deployments on families and serious need for help with depression for spouses.
We continue to take more steps to help military spouses and families - but those tiny steps need to get a lot bigger to fully address the problems they face.
So for all those who are doing THE toughest job in the military, we wanted to make sure you know how to apply for this amazing benefit.
- Ensure that you are confirmed in DEERS (Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System) as benefit eligible
- Establish MyCAA account - create a profile on the MilitaryOneSource website https://aiportal.acc.af.mil/mycaa
- You must agree to seek employment in Portable Career Fields upon completion of your education program (business, health and education all qualify)
- When you are in the MyCAA website, select a College/University and then select the degree program you wish to complete
- Create your Career and Training plan - this is the list of courses you are going to take to achieve your career goal. Most colleges have these uploaded for each degree so you should be able to find it when you select the program. You must save your Career and Training plan to submit for approval
- A MyCAA consultant must approve your plan
- You can enroll in the school at any time during this process
- Now that you have an approved Career and Training Plan, you must select classes and then apply for Financial Assistance (FA) for the upcoming term
- Let the school know when your FA is approved
- The school logs in to MyCAA and checks to ensure there is an approved FA for the student - - the student should be registered at this time
- The Financial Assistance is paid directly to the school.
- Once your account is open you are eligible for up to $6,000 to complete your career goals
- Every term, you must select your classes (once again, a military friendly school will have these in the MyCAA system) and get your FA approved
- Other resources: MyCAA Flyer, Spouse Fact Sheet, MyCAA Spouse FAQ
Not too difficult and certainly worth the effort. If you are looking for a specific program, I have worked closely to train the following military friendly schools to help spouses use their MyCAA education benefits in great portable careers. Definitely give these a try!
I have worked with them to get American College of Education and now the New England College of Business and Finance listed. This is one of the best military groups I have worked with - they are incredibly responsive to online schools who want to help the military and are always extremely friendly. They are truly excited about helping service members realize their educational goals.
If you are looking for detailed information on the education options presented by DANTES, refer to the DANTES website - and make sure you check out that featured school for online associates, bachelor's and master's degrees in business!!
FIU accepts GI Bill, Post 9/11 GI Bill, MyCAA and works with all programs to ensure our military members, their spouses and families can realize their educational and career goals. The $20,000 scholarship is on top of any funding your recieve from your military education benefits.
The CMBA provides you the critical skills and flexibility whether you are staying in the military and need to advance or you are transitioning to a civilian role.
Thanks FIU for helping out those who serve.
“So we’ve been looking at the program. And I would tell you that I’m going to have a couple more meetings on it this week, this coming week. But within the next week or two, I expect we will be able to reopen the program to new applicants. And we are looking at a budget somewhere on the order of $500 million to — and we’re going — we’re going to have to do some things in terms of some caps and some limits, to be able to help as many people as possible. But I expect within the next two weeks we’ll reopen the program, with a substantial increase in the funding.”
Read more: http://paycheck-chronicles.military.com/2010/05/14/from-the-mouth-of-secretary-gates-mycaa-news/#ixzz0oqzHGnaF
- Active duty and immediate family with military ID
- If under 10 must be accompanied by appropriate military ID holder
- Some limited time exhibits might be included
What a great way to help families reconnect after a long deployment or just have some great down time and not have to worry about the cost.
For our military families - take advantage of this as it is only this summer!
Go to the website and click for the museums near you.
There is a great presentation on the VA site on how to figure out which program is right for you. For instance, Post 9/11 GI Bill does not cover OJT & Apprenticeship Training, Flight Training, Correspondence (this does not mean online institutions of higher learning), national testing programs, entrepreneurship training or co-op training. For those you have to use Montgomery GI Bill.
On the plus side for Post 9/11 GI Bill - you get a housing allowance and a book stipend which were not included in the Montgomery GI Bill.
When I started working with veterans looking to earn advanced degrees I assumed that newer would be better. But when you look at the details of the different programs, you really need to do a little research to make sure you are maximizing your military education benefits.
In March, they turned the MyCAA program back on for spouses who were currently enrolled. And now we wait to see if they will allow new spouses to start realizing their career goals.
Rumors are starting. I had heard that June was the re-start date. Now we are hearing that may be July. Please know that we are on it and will continue to make sure we notify you when they come back on.
In the mean time, if you want to know more here is a great resource on how to apply for MyCAA. Or write you Congressman or Senator and tell them to turn it back on!
Please take a look at the New England College of Business when you get a chance - it will be well worth your time.
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