Benefits Blog

Long Overdue Update to Army Education Benefits Regulation

Army National Guard Urging Soldiers to Make Use of Education Benefits

  • Army National Guard Soldiers eligible for education benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill have had the option of transferring some or all of those benefits to their spouse or children, but they may miss out on taking full advantage of that if they don't elect to do so while still in uniform.

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Army Now Taking Emergency Relief Scholarship Applications

  • Army Emergency Relief (AER) is now accepting applications through May 1, 2016. AER supports both the Spouse Scholarship Program, as well as the Maj. General James Ursano Scholarship Program for dependent children. Scholarship specifics and applications are available on AER's website:

    Spouse Scholarships can be used for full- or part-time students while the Ursano Scholarship is only for full-time students.

    Last year AER awarded 4,245 scholarships, totaling more than $9 million for spouses and children of Soldiers.

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Arizona Culinary Institute Supports Soldier's Continuing Education

  • Soldiers are familiar with the emotions that come with a deployment. They put their lives on hold, including family, jobs and school, to serve. Some will do this multiple times in their career.

    Spc. Raul Sanchez, a financial disbursing technician with the 159th Finance Detachment, has deployed three times in nine years.

    Although his last deployment interrupted his studies at the Arizona Culinary Institute (ACI), it was the support from the school that allowed him to return home and quickly finish his degree.

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Ordnance Training Detachment Furthers Soldier Education

  • The Ordnance Training Detachment (OTD) with 1st Battalion, 81st Armor Regiment, is leading an initiative to provide Soldiers with more college-level education early on in their careers.

    "We are trying to expedite their career opportunities," said Rodney Maupin, OTD director.

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