Interactive Webinar Helps Veterans Decipher and Access Military Veteran Education Benefits

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VA-certified experts will advise Veterans on how to obtain and best utilize military Veteran education benefits at free, interactive webinars Tuesday, August 20, conducted by Bellevue University.

Bellevue University announced today the availability of two interactive webinars developed specially for Veterans. The webinars entitled, “Get the Most From What You’ve Earned: How Your Military Veteran Education Benefits Can Serve You,” will be held Tuesday, August 20 at 11 AM and 1 PM (CDT). Participants may attend a local town hall setting on the campus in Bellevue, Nebraska, or by website link.

The free sessions are facilitated by experts who have worked with Veterans for years, and who know the Veterans education bill – often perceived as complicated and the first hurdle to accessing the benefits they’re entitled to. In addition to being taken through key points on how to decipher the bill and access benefits, Veterans can ask questions in real-time and interact with the specialists.

“Education is key to career enhancement and growth,” said Michael E. Echols, Ph.D., Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for Bellevue University. “Veterans possess skills that are needed in America’s companies today, but they oftentimes need the education – the degree – to put it all together for employers. Our goal is to help our nation’s Veterans weed through the education bill’s benefits so they can access all that is there for them.”

According to the National Education Association, “student Veterans are one of America’s greatest untapped human resources.” Because of their military experience and training, Veterans are self-sufficient, emotionally mature, and experienced leaders. Student Veterans have the potential to become some of America’s strongest and most goal-driven leaders.

“Veterans are in a great position to fill career openings—especially the ones that stage for leadership,” Echols said. “But, in most cases, qualifying for a leadership position means the need for education or a degree. Degrees pay off.”

The Bellevue University subject matter experts facilitating the online sessions include Toni Myre, Military Benefits Program Manager in VA Education Benefits, Joannie Harmon, and Jennifer Grossnicklaus. Specifically, Veterans can learn how to maximize their benefits, what they are entitled to, what options work best for them, and more, including who qualifies, how to receive benefit funds, how time limits work, and how to use stipends.

The session facilitators will also discuss the Veteran Support Services available through Bellevue University’s Veterans Initiative for Advancement (VIA). Included in these services is the free Degree Accelerator, a way for Veterans to identify their best career paths and leverage the experience and learning they already have from their military service.

Those interested should visit to register for the webinars and to learn more about Bellevue University’s Veterans Initiative for Advancement.

To register to attend the informative session in person at Bellevue University’s Military Veterans Service Center, email MVSC(at)Bellevue(dot)edu. The Center is located on Bellevue University’s main campus at 2108 Harvell Circle in Bellevue, Nebraska.


Bellevue University is ranked among the Top Veteran-Friendly Schools by U.S. Veterans Magazine’s 2013 Best of the Best Survey. Also, in 2013 rankings by U.S. News & World Report, Bellevue University is ranked No. 3 for Veterans in Best Online Programs and is in the top 10 by the 2013 Top Online Education Program Rankings in the category of best online bachelor’s degrees.


Bellevue University is a recognized national leader in providing post-secondary education opportunities for working adults. A private, non-profit institution, Bellevue University serves students at nine locations in three states, as well as worldwide through its online learning platform. Bellevue University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The website, webinar, its content, or the appearance of external hyperlinks do not constitute any affiliation or endorsement by the U.S. Government to include the Department of Defense or Department of Veterans Affairs. Bellevue University is a signed participant in the Principles of Excellence program and is strongly committed to providing the information necessary for service members, veterans, spouses, and other family members to make the best decisions possible regarding their educational future. Bellevue University has agreed to not engage in fraudulent, misrepresented, abusive, aggressive or deceptive marketing and student recruiting practices that target recipients of federal, military, or Veterans educational benefits. Please note that although every attempt will be made to answer questions about how your education benefits work and who is qualified for the benefit, questions regarding specific cases should be directed to the Department of Veterans Affairs at or by calling (888) 442-4551.

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