New GI Bill Makes Flight Training Fund Available
October 6, 2011 – Changes in the post-9/11 GI Bill took effect this week, allowing veterans to use the benefits to enroll in flight schools as part of vocational training.
According to the Army Times, the new benefits offer up to $10,000 per year to cover flight school fees and tuition. The benefits are not expected to bring a huge influx of flight school students from the estimated 13,000 veterans expected to use the new plan, but including flight schools is a step forward toward making aviation participation for these veterans more accessible.
The program is available for veterans who served in the U.S. military on or after Sept. 11, 2001. It provides up to 36 months of education benefits that can be used anytime up to 15 years after discharge from active duty.