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Okay, it’s not in 3D, but the following video does offer a bunch of points to be mindful of before you officially start using your Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits.

It also includes portions of interviews from real veterans who used their education benefits to fuel their military transition and ignite their next career. One of them is a Medal of Honor recipient.

“I took what I learned in the military as far as planning and basically transitioned it into my own mission,” said United States Army veteran Kyle J. White, who on May, 13, 2014 was awarded the MOH for his extraordinary heroism during a battle in in Aranas, Afghanistan in 2007.

“These are benchmarks I have to set in order to reach my goal — and accomplish my mission — which is to obtain my business degree.”

White obtained his degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2013. He’s now a bond trader with Bank of American Merrill Lynch.

A few of the pitfalls the vets in the video go into:

  • Make a plan and do your homework
  • Don’t believe everything you hear
  • Get everything in writing
  • Accreditation is very important (regional vs. national as well as school vs. program)
  • Make sure you know how much of your benefits you have, always

Veterans can check on the status as well as the amount of their Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits by simply clicking here.