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Education assistance is available to the veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their eligible dependents.

Veterans Education Assistance

Education assistance is available to the veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and their eligible dependents. Veterans and dependents who wish to apply should contact the Veterans Affairs Office at James Sprunt Community College in person, by letter, or by phone at (910)296-2509.

A brief description of veteran’s education assistance includes general provisions of the program. To receive specific information regarding application and eligibility for a specific program, the veteran should contact the Veterans Affairs Office. Veterans must complete a specific application for some benefit programs. After all admissions requirements are complete, the veteran will be certified by the college to receive benefits. The first benefit check will not be available until approximately 45 to 60 days after certification.

Veterans Education Benefits Programs are:

All Volunteer Force Educational Educational Assistance Program
GI Bill (Chapter 30)

Eligibility for basic educational assistance can be established by individuals who first became members of the Armed Forces of first entered on active duty as a member of the Armed Forces after June 30, 1985.

Vocational Rehabilitation
Chapter 31

The purpose of this program is to provide eligible veterans with compensable service-connected disabilities all services ad assistance necessary to enable them to achieve maximum independence, to become employable, and to obtain and maintain suitable employment. Basic entitlement and necessity for training and rehabilitation are determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Regional Office in Winston-Salem, NC, Vocational Rehabilitation Department notifies the veterans and the college regarding approval for training.

Post-Vietnam ERA Veteran's Education Assistance
Chapter 32

This program provides for a participatory program of educational assistance benefits to eligible veterans and service persons that entered the Armed Forces after December 31, 1976 and before July 1, 1985. The veterans may contribute a maximum of $2700 to the program. The Department of Veterans Affairs will credit an individual with one month of entitlement for each month of contribution to the fund up to a maximum of 36 months or the equivalent in part-time training.

Survivor's and Dependent's Educational Assistance
Chapter 35

This program assists dependents and the spouse of a veteran who died of a service-connected disability or who has a service-connected total permanent disability. The child or spouse of a person who is on active duty as a member of the Armed Forces and who now is, and, for a period of 90 days, has been, listed by the Secretary as missing in action, captured in line of duty by a hostile force, or forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign power should be eligible for these benefits.

Other Special Veterans Programs

Hostage Relief Act:
For the Iranian hostage, spouses and children.

Omnibus Diplomatic Security and Anti-Terrorism Act of 1986:
A permanent program for anyone held captive and their dependents.

Restored Entitlement Program for Survivors (REPS) (Section 156) (formerly the Quayle Amendment)
Eligibility: Payable to surviving spouses for the youngest child in their care, of the child is 16 but under 18 years of age. Also payable to an unmarried child who is 18 but under 22 years of age and who is in attendance at an approved post-secondary school.

Application for Veterans Education Benefits

Persons desiring additional information concerning a particular phase of the programs described in this section should contact the Veterans Affairs Office, James Sprunt Community College, Post Office Box 398. Kenansville, NC 28349

North Carolina National Guard Tuition Assistance Program

Active North Carolina National Guard members who have completed at least one year of satisfactory service in the North Carolina National Guard, and have a minimum of two years remaining as a member of the National Guard from the end of the academic period for which tuition assistance is requested may be eligible for tuition assistance.

Persons desiring information or applications for this assistance should contact the Office of the Adjutant General P.O. Box 2628, Raleigh, North Carolina 27611 or call 1-800-621-4136.

For additional information please contact:

Veterans Affairs Certifying Officer
Regina Sweeney James Sprunt Community College
PO BOX 398
Kenansville, NC 28349
p: (910) 296-2509
f: (910) 296-1222

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