Are you a veteran? The government wants to give you up to $80,000 to go to school

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Veterans will be eligible for up to $80,000 to pay for college, university or technical education under a program announced this morning by the federal government.

“If education truly is the great equalizer, as I believe it to be, being the son of two school teachers, then this new Education and Training Benefit will be a game changer for Canada’s Veterans and their families,” Hehr told a news conference.

“They’ll have access to coaching for job search, labour market assessments, information on education and training requirements to reach their career goals. All from coaches who understand military culture,” explained Hehr.

The new education and training benefit introduced will help Veterans transition from military careers by returning to school after service.

“Soldiers will have the opportunity to go back to the college or university of their choice within ten years of release from the military. It will cover up to $40,000 in tuition and other costs for members who have served six years and $80,000 for members who have served 12,” said Hehr.

Georgian College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes told the crowd Georgian has many students with a military background.

Several veterans who are already attending Georgian College attended the announcement.

Bob Munroe, who served 36 years in the Canadian Forces, was a bit leery about applauding the news just yet.

“It is a tough transition from military to civilian. Education is important so while we get trained in the military a lot of our skills aren’t necessarily transferable so if we can come back to college and learn new marketable skills I think that’s awesome.”

The government allotted $133.9 million over six years to create the new Veterans’ Education and Training Benefit.


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