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There is one benefit available through the VA that can directly impact a former service member’s salary, employment, status and social mobility — all in a positive, upward direction — and somehow, according to a recent government survey, only 36% of veterans are aware of it.

And that benefit is … the G.I. Bill. The education benefit that can pay for all (or nearly all) of a vet’s college or university tuition (and training, too).

In addition — the bill offers as much as the maximum cost of in-state tuition to your home state — it can also help pay for books and even housing (depending on your own unique situation).

To check on the status of your G.I. Bill benefits, click here.

You can also apply for education benefits (the Yellow Ribbon Program and more) by going here.