Thursday, July 16, 2009

Tax Free Money For Georgia Vets

Valarie Edwards
for At Work.

During job training, a newly hired veteran employee, if eligible, can receive up to $13,212 tax-free supplemental income from his GI Bill during a two-year, experience-based training program.
National Guardsmen and reservists may also be eligible if they are currently under a six-year contract or qualify for the Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) by having been called to active duty for at least 90 consecutive days since September 11, 2001.

Also eligible to apply for OJT/Apprenticeship benefits are the spouse and dependents of a veteran with a 100% VA disability rating.
There are no direct payments to the employer. Payments are made directly to the veteran and are intended to serve as a salary supplement during the training period.

To use GI Bill benefits while enrolled in an on-the-job-training (OJT) or apprenticeship program (APP), a veteran must work 30 hours or more, full time employment, during the workweek and the employer must agree to establish the program. Approved training programs are evaluated annually by SAA representatives to determine their initial and continued compliance with the federal regulations.

For additional information about OJT/Apprenticeship programs in Georgia, veterans or employers can contact Jung at 404-656-2306 or e-mail him at
For more information about the OJT/Apprenticeship programs and other state benefits provided to Georgia veterans visit the SDVS website at

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