Last week (Veterans Day), we launched our most recent version of the GI Bill Comparison Tool. We encourage you to take a look and test drive it (https://www.vets.gov/gi-bill-comparison-tool/). By enhancing this tool, we hope to further empower Veterans by arming them with the information they need to navigate the volume of choices. In addition to a new look and feel, this newest update enhances several features and provides some new information. Enhancements include a better search and print functionality, mobile/tablet compatibility, a new look to the benefits calculator, and a new school profile page. Another upgrade is the use of Caution Flags – right now we include the schools identified by Department of Education under their Heightened Cash Monitoring program, schools that the Department of Defense has placed on probation, and schools on accreditation probation. We are working on expanding cautionary information to report other issues that might help a Veteran evaluate a particular school. To see this new feature in action, review the “Caution Flag” section on the tool. A new feature is displaying some Veteran-specific Post-9/11 GI Bill outcome measures, with more coming in the future. Newly added measures include: Retention Rate – measures full and part-time Post-9/11 GI Bill Student Veterans’ attendance at the same institution from the first to the second year. Graduation Rate (2-year IHLs) – measures full and part-time Post-9/11 GI Bill Student Veterans’ graduation As always, we make all the data behind the GI Bill Comparison Tool publically available in easy to digest dashboards. Just click on “Download Data on All Schools” at the bottom of the tool to learn more. We want GI Bill Veterans and dependents to feel they have made the best possible decision in choosing the right school.
TEN 13-15 -- Update on the Workforce Investment Act Adult and Dislocated Worker Programs Gold Standard Evaluation and Announcement of the Availability of a New Research Report: Providing Services to Veterans through the Public Workforce System: Findings from the WIA Gold Standard Evaluation, Volume I and II has been added to the ETA Advisory database and is now available at http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=4310.
As with the first Friday of each month, the BLS employment statistics were released today. Attached is our ‘cheat sheet’ for your use and information. The national unemployment rate decreased from 5.3% to 5.1% and the Veteran unemployment numbers decreased from 4.7% to 4.2%. Thanks to all of you who are working directly or indirectly, to ensure our Veterans have meaningful employment.
MyVA Communities provides online tools for veterans in partnership with the VA.
Officials will share opportunities vets have locally to get trained for higher-paying tech jobs.
This TEGL expands and clarifies the definition of significant barriers to employment (SBE) provided in Section 5 of Training and Employment Guidance Letter (TEGL) 19-13, released on April 10, 2014.
VA resource page for Veterans with links to Va resources on many topics, including: - Education and Training - Employment Services - Health Care - Disability Compensation - Home Loans and Housing-Related Assistance - And more...
As a part of Suicide Prevention Month, the VA would like people to join their community of support the "Veteran's Crisis Line." This site provides information and resources for Veteran's/active military and their families about suicide prevention, including crisis line options for calling, texting, or chatting over the computer.
Last month, VA reached a historic low in the disability claims backlog by dipping below 100,000 to 98,535 – and the number of these claims (pending more than 125 days) has come down even further since. This milestone means that VA is processing disability claims faster and more efficiently so that Veterans, their families, and Survivors get the benefits they deserve. By participating in the Fully Developed Claims program, Veterans and Survivors can take charge of their claims by submitting all relevant records with their claims at once. The fastest way to receive a decision on your disability claim is by filing an FDC electronically through eBenefits.va.gov. Visit VA’s website to learn more about filing an electronic Fully Developed Claim and what you can do to get started.