Monday, August 10, 2020


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Investing in America’s future


Greg Whitlock
Secretary, South Dakota
Department of Veteran Affairs

Thousands of veterans will return to school in the next few weeks, and it is important that they understand and utilize their GI Bill benefits in the pursuit of their education.

While the GI Bill covers nearly every imaginable school related expense from tuition, books, fees, and even a living stipend, we understand that utilizing this benefit can be confusing at times.

The GI Bill is one of the best benefits of being a military member.

This great program helps service members, veterans, and families reach their education goals. However, each program is administrated differently, depending on a person’s eligibility and duty status.

There are resources to assist veterans and their families obtain information about how to use their GI Bill benefits. This information includes how to take advantage of scholarships, how to find out more about housing allowances, book supplies stipends, on-the-job training programs, apprenticeship programs, survivor and dependents assistance or transferring benefits.

Here are some resources available for veterans and families:

County and Tribal Veterans Service Officers – (contact information can be found at: vetaffairs.sd.gov/veteransserviceofficers/locatevso.aspx). Campus Veterans Resource

Centers and Certifying Officials (contact information can be found at: vetaffairs.sd.gov/resources/colleges.aspx).

South Dakota’s State Certifying Officials Shane Olivier (shane.olivier@state.sd.us) and Ryan Fowler (ryan.fowler@state.sd.us).

These leaders recognize the specific needs and challenges veterans face in transitioning. Their goal is to empower veterans and military-affiliated students to succeed in their educational and vocational goals. It’s investing in the future of America.