Transitioning out of the military into civilian life can be challenging when you aren’t sure what options are available. Fortunately, there are plenty of resources available under the Veteran Affairs military benefits that allow vets to transition smoothly into a career in the tech industry. Sabio has many programs specifically geared towards helping veterans gain the technical skills needed to have a successful career in tech. You can earn while you learn while enrolled in our programs and even receive a basic housing allowance to help with your living expenses!
A boom in the tech industry
The tech industry has been flourishing for decades with a particular boom at the start of the pandemic in early 2020. As the premiere school of software engineering, Sabio provides extensive support for veterans to attain careers in tech after they complete their services. The options range far and wide from becoming a mobile app developer to a cloud engineer, as mentioned in our previous piece “What Job Can I Get After a Coding Bootcamp?”. One thing to note is that the technology sector has experienced significant growth in the past decade with the prospects for employment of software developers projected to grow 22% from 2019 to 2029 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
VA Benefits Options
Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP)
The Veterans Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP) provides unemployed veterans who have been directly impacted by the COVID 19 pandemic with education and training for high-demand jobs.
A few keys point on how eligibility is determined per the US Department of Veterans Affairs:
All of these must be true. You’re:
- At least 22 years old, but not older than 66, and
- Unemployed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and
- Not rated as totally disabled because you can't work, and
- Not enrolled in a federal or state jobs program
Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)
The Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) helps pay for your education and professional training. If you served after September 10, 2001, you may use your benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill to pay for your educational training at Sabio. This is one of our most popular options and has been the catalyst to many of our success stories.
Here’s a few key points on how they determine eligibility:
At least one of these must be true:
- You served at least 90 days on active duty (either all at once or with breaks in service) on or after September 11, 2001, or
- You received a Purple Heart on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged after any amount of service, or
- You served for at least 30 continuous days (all at once, without a break in service) on or after September 11, 2001, and were honorably discharged with a service-connected disability, or
- You’re a dependent child using benefits transferred by a qualifying Veteran or service member
Veteran Readiness and Employment: Chapter 31
The Veteran Readiness and Employment: Chapter 31 program helps qualified veterans with service-connected and occupational disabilities prepare, acquire, and maintain work and also assists transitioning Service-members. This program also provides resources to those who are unable to work due to a service-connected disability.
A note on how entitlement is established from the Veteran Benefits Administration:
You are entitled to services if:
- You have a 20 percent service-connected disability AND
- You have an employment handicap
Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC)
Another popular option for our veteran alumni population has been the Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC), an option for those looking to gain computer experience to start or advance their careers in the tech industry.
A few things to consider on how to determine if you are eligible:
All of these must be true. You:
- Aren't on active duty or are within 180 days of separating from active duty, and
- Qualify for VA education assistance under the GI Bill, and
- Have at least one day of unexpired GI Bill entitlement, and
- Are accepted into a program by a VA-approved training provider
-credit: US Department of Veterans Affairs
VA Education Benefits for Dependents and Survivors (Chapter 35 benefits)
If your spouse or parent is a veteran you may qualify for the VA Education Benefits for Dependents and Survivors (Chapter 35 benefits) or job training through a GI Bill program. If you are a surviving spouse you also qualify for this benefit.
What you’ll receive under Chapter 35 benefits:
- Education and training
- Money for tuition
- Money for housing
- Money for books and supplies
-credit: US Department of Veterans Affairs
At Sabio, we offer various career pathways that will fit your schedule and individual needs to facilitate your transition from military life and re-incorporating with the civilian population. Regardless of the VA benefits you may utilize, Sabio can help you land a lucrative tech career that will provide you with the fulfillment and financial security you need. We offer free introductory courses and have an admissions team ready to answer all of your questions. Take your first steps and sign up for an info session or attend one of our weekly Vets Only Q&A held Mondays at 1pm PT.
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