Grants for Military Veterans and Their Spouses
Once a family member has served in the military transitioning into civilian life can be difficult. Military families have made a huge sacrifice for our country, and therefore many companies and our government want to help make this transition a little bit easier. One way they can do this is through grants.
Grants are free one time gifts that are available once an individual has met a certain criteria. We are going to look at them specifically for military veterans and their spouses. They can be found at the local, state or federal level and can help veteran families with things like education, housing, starting a business, job training and much more!
Education and Job Training
Considering changing careers? Want to start over and attend college for a new degree? Having a hard time landing a job after being out of the job market while on active duty? There are programs out there for veterans and their spouses that can make going back to school or getting a new job a little easier.
Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts – This program also known as MyCAA provides up to $4,000 of financial aid to military spouses who are pursuing degree programs.
Spouse and Dependents Education Assistance Program – This program provides education and training to eligible dependents of some veterans. It offers up to 45 months of education benefits for certain degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship opportunities and even on the job training.
Department of Veteran Affairs – Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Services: This program (also known as VR&E or the Chapter 31 program) assists Veterans with service related disabilities prepare for, find and keep a suitable job.
Troops to Teachers – Designed by the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Defense, this program helps eligible military personnel begin a new career as teachers in public schools where their skills, knowledge and experience are most needed.
Military Spouse Employment Partnership – Also known as MSEP was launched to expand career opportunities for military spouses. This program provides employment opportunities for relocating spouses, career promotion opportunities and ensures pay equality and help with job placement.
In addition to these there are specific grants depending on what level of the military you or your spouse served in. For more information on applying for education grants click here.