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Investing in America’s Future

For more information, contact: Audry Ricketts (South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs) at 605-773-8242 or audry.ricketts@state.sd.us 


Thousands of veterans will return to school in the next few weeks, and it is important that they understand and utilize their GI Bill® benefits in the pursuit of their education. While the GI Bill® covers nearly every imaginable school related expense from tuition, books, fees, and even a living stipend, we understand that utilizing this benefit can be confusing at times.


The GI Bill® is one of the best benefits of being a military member. This great program helps service members, veterans, and families reach their education goals. However, each program is administrated differently, depending on a person's eligibility and duty status.


There are resources to assist veterans and their families obtain information about how to use their GI Bill® benefits. This information includes how to take advantage of scholarships, how to find out more about housing allowances, book supplies stipends, on-the-job training programs, apprenticeship programs, survivor and dependents assistance or transferring benefits.


Here are some resources available for veterans and families:

County and Tribal Veterans Service Officers – (contact information can be found at: https://vetaffairs.sd.gov/veteransserviceofficers/locatevso.aspx).


Campus Veterans Resource Centers and Certifying Officials (contact information can be found at: http://vetaffairs.sd.gov/resources/colleges.aspx).


South Dakota’s State Certifying Officials Shane Olivier (shane.olivier@state.sd.us) and Ryan Fowler (ryan.fowler@state.sd.us).  


These leaders recognize the specific needs and challenges veterans face in transitioning.  Their goal is to empower veterans and military-affiliated students to succeed in their educational and vocational goals. It’s investing in the future of America.   



Greg Whitlock, Secretary

South Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs