Since helping veterans and their surviving spouses obtain the benefits they deserve is a very important initiative at Rebecca W. Geyer & Associates, our attorneys were very interested to learn about VET TEC, the newest pilot program from the Department of Veterans Affairs. VET TEC stands for Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses. The purpose - equipping veterans with the skills and expertise needed to land jobs in the high tech industry.
The main difference between this new program and the Post 9/11 GI Bill is that VET TEC, which consists of computer coding “boot camps” and other intensive high-tech training courses, is designed to move vets into the job market much faster than traditional college programs.
In this very innovative “public-private” arrangement, companies actually providing the training will be industry-leading commercial tech firms, not government agencies. “Preferred providers” will have agreed to return all money received from the VA if their attendees do not find meaningful employment within 180 days of course completion.
In discussing these new possibilities with vets and their spouses, we explain that not only is the training itself paid for by the VA, but that monthly housing is also provided during the training. The program does not use or take away any benefits to which the veteran is entitled through the GI Bill. In fact, veterans will be paid a partial housing stipend even if they choose to take the training online!
High demand training areas for the VET TEC program will include:
- computer software
- information science
- computer programming
- media application
- data processing
While it is commonly known that certain benefits are available for the brave men and women who served in our armed forces, many veterans (and their families) are unaware of some of those benefits. We want to do our part to make sure this new training program helps as many vets as possible find new careers in the high demand high tech industry.
- by Rebecca W. Geyer