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Veterans' Education & Training/On-the-Job Training and Apprenticeship

If you are a veteran, National Guard member, selected reservist or an eligible dependent of a veteran, you may be eligible to receive a monthly educational benefit from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


What Is On-the-Job Training?
On-the-Job Training (OJT) is training you receive while actually performing a job and earning wages. Approvable OJT programs must be at least six months and up to two years in length. Some examples of OJT programs are: welder, painter, cook, production equipment mechanic, auto mechanic, corrections officer, and parts buyer.


What Is Apprenticeship Training?
Apprenticeship training is on-the-job training, coupled with 144 hours (minimum) per year of related technical instruction. You receive your GI Bill benefit while working full time and earning wages. Apprenticeships are normally from two to five years in length. Registration with the Bureau of apprenticeship and Training is not mandatory for veteran benefits; however, it is recommended in order for the veteran to receive journeyman's papers upon successful completion. Some examples of apprenticeship training programs are: electrician, ironworker, roofer, plumber, and sheet metal worker. (These are not inclusive listings.)


Time Limits
Approval of a program may be backdated up to one year. As a general rule, veterans have 10 years after their separation from service to use their GI Bill benefit. Chapter 34 GI Bill (Vietnam era) ended on December 31, 1989; however, some Chapter 34 veterans are eligible for benefits under Chapter 30. Contact the Veterans Affairs office to determine eligibility.


How to Begin

  1. Obtain employment.  If you need assistance you may want to contact the Nebraska Department of Labor or visit their website at : http://www.dol.nebraska.gov/center.cfm?PRICAT=4&SUBCAT=7Z0
  2. Contact the Veterans Affairs office at (888) 442-4551 or online at http://www.gibill.va.gov/ to determine your eligibility and to obtain the necessary application forms.
  3. Next, have your employer contact the State Approving Agency, 402-471-4826, so that the necessary steps can be taken to approve the training program. Keep in mind that not all occupations can be approved. Contact the State Approving Agency for more information.