One of the most significant benefits available to the servicemembers is the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which helps troops head to college after separating from service. It can be a big help for vets who planned on getting their degree, but there are some steps they need to take to ensure they get all they're entitled to, The New York Times reports.
The most important thing for veterans to do is to apply for their benefits as soon as possible. While it may be common sense, applying early is key because it can sometimes take longer than one might think for the request to be processed.
"It takes the V.A. anywhere from two to six months to process these benefits because they’re backlogged," Michael Perry, director of undergraduate admissions at the Florida Institute of Technology, told the Times. "So apply early. Get that stuff going."
In a similar vein, it's also important for veterans to begin their college search early. Some institutions have veteran services and programs designed to help them transition to civilian life, according to the Times.
Being familiar with all of the ins and outs of the Post-9/11 GI Bill is important as well. The benefits can vary from school to school, but in most cases it pays full tuition and fees for public, in-state students.