How do I use VA education benefits while I am training to become a police officer or another profession with on-the-job training?

If you are a veteran, National Guard member, selected reservist or dependent of a veteran, you may be eligible to receive a monthly education benefits check from VA. On-the-Job/Apprenticeship training (OJT) is training you receive while actually performing a job and earning wages. If you decide not to attend college, you may still receive your VA benefits through your employer. OJT is wonderful for employers, as well, who may receive VA compensation for training a superior employee.

  • Contact VA at (888) 442-4551 to determine if you are eligible to receive OJT benefits and to receive the necessary paperwork to get started.
  • Next, have your employer contact your nearest State Approving Agency so that the necessary steps can be taken to approve the training program. Keep in mind that not all occupations can be approved.