VA Educational Benefits
HCC College Credit for Heroes
For the 2012-2013 academic year, Coleman College for Health Sciences at Houston Community College is offering an accelerated alternate delivery Surgical Technology program for military trained surgical technologists who need their national certification. There are two options:
(1) The College Credit for Heroes Surgical Technology program will help military trained surgical technologists who are currently ineligible to sit for the Certification in Surgical Technology (CST) exam by offering them the opportunity to take two online accelerated courses and receive advanced standing credit for their training and experience. Advanced standing credit from HCC will enable them to become eligible;
(2) The program is also designed to prepare military trained surgical technologists who are currently eligible to sit for the CST exam by offering them an accelerated online Professional Readiness course.
After successfully completing the program with either option, these military trained surgical technologists will be ready to sit for the CST exam through the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. The CST exam fee of approximately $290 will be covered by the College Credit for Heroes grant. Passing the CST exam will enable these certified surgical technologists to go to work in Texas making approximately $22 per hour, or $45,762 annually, (www.TexasIndustryProfiles.com).
For more information www.collegecreditforheroes.org
Please call 713-718-7233, CCHI Surgical Technology, to determine eligibility.
Start Your Military Service Record Request (DD Form 214 & SF-180)
Please note that NPRC holds historical Military Personnel Records of nearly 100 million veterans. The vast majority of these records are paper-based and not available on-line.
Military personnel records can be used for proving military service, or as a valuable tool in genealogical research. Most veterans and their next-of-kin can obtain free copies of their DD214 and other military and medical records several ways.
Texas Veterans Portal Website
The Texas Veterans Portal is a resource for veterans, their families, and their survivors. We have compiled helpful information from many government agencies here so you can find the assistance, services, and benefits you need. For immediate assistance, call 2-1-1 or 1-800-252-VETS (8387).
Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program (MYCAA)
The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program is an workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification or Associate’s degree in a portable career field and occupation.
The Department of Defense reopened the popular MyCAA program in October 2010, with several key changes in eligibility and dollar amounts.
Here is a summary of the changes:
Be available to spouses of active duty service members in pay grades E1-E5, W1-W2, and O1-O2. including the spouses of activated Guard and Reserve members within those ranks. Spouses of Guard and Reserve members must be able to start and complete their courses while their sponsor is on Title 10 orders.Offer a maximum financial benefit of $4,000 with a fiscal year cap of $2,000. Waivers will be available for spouses pursuing licensure or certification up to the total maximum assistance of $4,000Require military spouses to finish their program of study within three years from the start date of the first courseBe limited to associate degrees, certification and licensures
More details about the changes will be posted as they are made available. _________________________________________________________
The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program provides up to $4,000 (over 2 years) of Financial Assistance for military spouses who are pursuing degree programs, licenses or credentials leading to employment in portable career fields.
Spouses of active duty service members in pay grades E1-E5, W1-W2, and O1-O2, as well as the spouses of activated Guard and Reserve members within those ranks. Spouses of Guard and Reserve members must be able to start and complete their courses while their sponsor is on Title 10 orders.
Note: The MyCAA program does not include Coast Guard spouses.
The MyCAA Benefit Details
MyCAA Financial Assistance (FA) pays tuition for education and training courses, and licensing/ credentialing fees. This includes state certifications for teachers, medical professionals and other occupations requiring recognized certifications; licensing exams and related prep courses; Continuing Education Unit (CEU) classes including those offered through professional associations; and degree programs leading to employment in Portable Career Fields. MyCAA also pays for High School Completion courses, GED tests and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.
MyCAA does not pay for education and training programs that include computers (CPUs or laptops); application, graduation or membership fees; student activity cards; child care; parking; transportation; or medical services.If a spouse enrolls in a course without an approved MyCAA Financial Assistance (FA) document, the spouse will be responsible for paying course costs.MyCAA does not provide reimbursements of any kind to spouses for any reason.MyCAA FA payments are made directly to schools using MyCAA’s electronic invoicing system. As A Second Language (ESL) Classes and GED Classes and Testing Programs.Unfortunately, Coast Guard spouses are not covered by the MyCAA Spouse Employment congressional mandate: PL 110-417 Sec 582. Coast Guard is a part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), not the Department of Defense.
The MyCAA Application Process
Eligible spouses can establish a MyCAA Account by visiting the MyCAA website ~ https://aiportal.acc.af.mil/mycaa. Once spouse Profile information is provided, MyCAA will verify spouse DEERS benefit eligibility. Eligible spouses will be allowed to create their Career and Training Plan and request FA when they are within 30 days of course start dates. Additionally, spouses are responsible for applying to their selected school or program and enrolling in each course included in their approved MyCAA Career and Training Plan.
Military spouses can help themselves by:
Visiting www.careeronestop.org to explore Portable Career Fields and find schools that have programs of study leading to licenses, certificates and degrees.Finding their school in the MyCAA website using the School Search function. If the desired school is not listed, follow the directions shown at the end of the School Search.Establishing and managing their MyCAA Account at https://aiportal.acc.af.mil/mycaa, use MyCAA resources to create a Career and Training Plan, and apply for FA.
School Academic Advisors can help spouses:
Select a school, program of study, and sources of licensing and certification exams.Select classes for their MyCAA Career and Training Plan. School officials need to validate school and course information to avoid billing problems.
Military OneSource Career and Education Consultants (1-800-342-9647) can help spouses:
Explore career interests, evaluate school options, and compare programs of study.Develop and implement their Career and Training Plans successfully.
GI Bill Educational Benefits
CHAPTER 30, Veteran: New applicant that has never applied for GI Bill benefits before
If you enlisted into active duty after June 30, 1985 and contributed $100 per month for the first 12 months of active service, then you may be eligible for a VA benefit program called Chapter 30.
Must make arrangements for payment on student account prior to VA Certification
CHAPTER 31, Disabled Veteran: Vocational Rehabilitation
Any veteran of WW II or thereafter, who has a service-connected disability which entitles him or her to VA disability, and who is in need of vocational rehabilitation because of the disability, may request VA benefits program called Chapter 31.
NOTE: Prior approval from the Houston VA Vocational Rehabilitation is required.
CHAPTER 35, Dependent: New applicant that has never applied for GI Bill benefits before
Dependents and survivors of certain veterans who have serious disabilities as a result of their service (100% disabled), who have died of a service connected cause, are a prisoner of war, or are missing in action, may be eligible for the VA benefits program called Chapter 35.Must make arrangements for payment on student account prior to VA Certification
CHAPTER 1606, Selective Reserves: New applicant that has never applied for GI Bill benefits before
If you are currently participating in a 6 year enlistment, reenlist, or extension of an enlistment, in the Selective Reserve, then you may be eligible for the VA benefit program called Chapter 1606.
Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA), Spouses:
Spouses of DoD Active Duty members and activated members of the National Guard and Reserve Components who are on Title 10 orders are eligible to receive MyCAA Financial Assistance (FA).
The Hazelwood Act
ALL HAZLEWOOD APPLICANTS
The Hazlewood Act is a State of Texas benefit that provides qualified Veterans, spouses, and dependent children with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition exemption, including most fee charges, at public institutions of higher education in Texas. This does NOT include living expenses, books, or supply fees.
*If you wish to save money on purchasing books, try other resources such as the Internet, and discount bookstores.
Application Process To use Hazlewood benefits or to transfer unused benefits to an eligible child, applicants must complete an application/release form. These forms can be sent via email, fax, mail or in person. Please choose the appropriate application below:
Veterans using the Exemption must complete the HE-V application form.
Eligible Children and Spouses Who Have Never Used the Exemption must complete both the HE-V and the HE-D application forms.
COLLEGE TRANSFER/CHANGE OF DEGREE PLAN, Veteran, Ch.30 and Ch.1606
TRANSFER: Veteran who has received GI Bill benefits before and is transferring from another school.
CHANGE OF DEGREE PLAN: Veteran who is a current student and wants to change his/her degree plan.
FORMER STUDENT: Veteran who is a former Houston Community College student, has received GI Bill benefits before, and is returning after being absent for 3 consecutive semesters.
COLLEGE TRANSFER/CHANGE OF DEGREE PLAN, Dependent, Ch.35
TRANSFER: Dependent of a veteran who has received GI Bill benefits before and is transferring from another school.
CHANGE OF DEGREE PLAN: Dependent of a veteran who is a current student and wants to change his/her degree plan.
FORMER STUDENT: Dependent of a veteran who is a former Houston Community College student, has received GI Bill benefits before, and is returning after being absent for 3 consecutive semesters.