Veteran Education Resources

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This is an in-depth Guide to Veterans Education Benefits Continuing your education and career after military service can be an intimidating prospect. Choosing a school and getting all of your benefits requires you to weigh many factors including cost, distance, time, and of course – paperwork. All of these details can make the idea of getting your degree seem intimidating and many will wonder whether it’s worth the time. This guide helps you make that decision.

Links To Top Schools For Military Veterans with Yellow Ribbon Program

Columbia University- Military Veterans
Yale University- Military Veterans
USC Masters Of Business For Veterans
Vetlink- Service To School

FREE or LOW COST CERTIFICATIONS (free or low cost certifications)

Syracuse University Veterans Career Transition Program- (HR, IT, Project Mgmt)  -Syracuse University Veterans on-line program offers one free course for veterans. The Project Management Certification is probably the most valuable for veterans

FEMA Independent Study – (free certifications)- FEMA offers free independent study certifications that mirror military experience. There is even a FEMA Professional Certification

Marine Corps COOL and Navy COOL –Marines and Sailors can visit to select an MOS and see commonly associated civilian skill sets and related certifications, such as a commercial driver’s license, a welding or a financial management certification. There are more than 900 certifications available for active duty military personnel. (free or low cost college courses and certifications)

Onward to Opportunities: (IT, Project Management, HR)

MCCS Skills Development  (skills training that starts up to 6 months prior to EAS)

“Academy of Certified Project Managers”

Certified Project Manager Certificate Waiver for Veterans ($300)


An OSHA 30 Hour Safety Card are a very good way to transfer military safety experience into a Safety Manager or Safety Technician position when combined with military experience. OSHA 30 Hour Safety Cards are for managers and supervisors and many jobs require them. OSHA Cards do not expire and they are good in all 50 states.

OSHA-Authorized Online Outreach Training Providers are listed below:

OSHA 30 Hour Safety Course, on-line University of South Florida OTI ($179)

UCSD OSHA Outreach Trainer Credentials

OSHA 510/500 for Construction or OSHA 511/501 for General Industry

University California San Diego  

Cal State Dominguez Hills (has weekend classes)

Free CALOSHA Training:

LEAN Six Sigma Green Belt

The military offers a LEAN Six Sigma Green Belt. (See Your Career Planner)

A LEAN Six Sigma Green Belt is enough knowledge to understand the concepts of continuous improvement for an interview. Since most large companies use some form of LEAN or Six Sigma the Green Belt is important for HR to see on a resume improving your chance of a higher paying job. LEAN and Six Sigma are two different continuous improvement systems that are designed for different things.


Easter Seals Bob Hope Veterans Support Program

John Funk (Director) [email protected]  (one-on-one employment support)   

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) Oceanside, CA

Business 101 at Pacific Views on Camp Pendleton quarterly.

For Military To Civilian Transition Recommended Reading

  1. What Color is Your Parachute- R. Bolles
  2. 48 Days to The Work You Love- D. Miller
  3. Start; Punch Fear in the Face- J. Acuff
  4. Knock em’ Dead- M. Yate
  5. LEAN Made EZ- R.Levy JD
  6. Military To Civilian Transition Manual- R.Levy JD

LEAN Made EZ- by Russell Levy JD

The World War II version of LEAN was used by the United States War Department to train almost 2 million armaments plan supervisors in Job Instruction, Job Relations and Improving Job Methods to minimizing waste on assembly lines. During World War II Six Sigma was known as Army War Standards and it focused on minimizing variation in machine production using Statistical Process Control. During the American Occupation of Japan the American Military taught these Continuous Improvement Methods to Japanese Industry. LEAN tools are analogous to military methods that all veterans are familiar with and improvements can be made immediately. Six Sigma takes months to collect the data and deploy a solution so it only works with long run production. You can learn more about LEAN and how to apply it in the PDF available for sale.

LEAN Made EZ™ breaks down traditionally complex LEAN methodologies into a simple, straightforward method to see waste and implement simple and easy solutions that impact the bottom line.
LEAN Made EZ™ teaches 5S, 8 Wastes, Deep Observation, Value Stream Mapping, A3, Kaizen, Standard Work, Job Instruction, Job Methods, Job Relations and how to build a LEAN Culture with Positive Reinforcement Leadership in order to create buy in for implementing and sustaining LEAN improvement

Effective Veterans Resources

Crisis Resources

  • Veterans Crisis Line- 1.800.273.8255 and Press 1
  • Military Crisis Line-1.800.273.TALK (8255)
  • National Call Center for Homeless Veterans-1.877.4AID.VET (424.3838)
  • VA Caregiver Support Line-1.855.260.3274