AFGE LOCAL 3571


Veterans may be eligible for benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Montgomery GI Bill for attending technical training courses and performing on-the-job training.

Training period must be a minimum of 6 months and includes formal classroom, advanced training, and on-the-job training (no longer than two years, totaling no more than 4,000 hours).


  • Potentially eligible positions include SR, CR, BA, CA, TST, etc.
  • Benefits paid for on-the-job training under the Montgomery G.I. Bill are in addition to regular salary from SSA.
  • Benefits may be approved retroactively for up to 1 year.
  • Veterans must contact the VA to apply for the benefits and are responsible for submitting required forms/documentation.
  • Only the VA can approve the benefits. (SSA does not have authority to approve benefits.)
  • SSA management staff located where the veteran works will be responsible for providing required training information to the VA.


How to get started:
The attached letter from the VA, The Department of Veterans Affairs General Guide, provides the steps needed to begin the request for benefits.  It also lists the applicable forms that must be submitted to the VA. The guide is only an example of a letter provided by the VA once a veteran has shown interest in the program.  It gives step-by-step instructions for getting the benefits started and keeping them updated.

Send all general inquiries regarding VA On-the-Job Benefits to the VA Regional Processing Office (RPO):

Mailing Address
Servicing States
VA Regional Office
P.O. Box 4616
Buffalo, NY  14240-4616

Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Main, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia & West Virginia

VA Regional Office
P.O. Box 100022
Decatur, GA  30031-7022

 Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Puerto Rico & South Carolina

VA Regional Office
P.O. Box 66830
St. Louis, MO  63166-6830

Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin & Wyoming

VA Regional Office
P.O. Box 8888
Muskogee, OK  74402-8888

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington & Trust Territories/Philippines

The information provided on procedures are basic guidelines. For questions about the VA On-the-Job Training benefits, trainees and management staff should contact the VA for additional information.  

VA Call Center at (888) 442-4551
VA Education Liaison Representatives (ELR) NOTE: Only managers can contact the ELR.
Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill Website

Additional information and resources on specific details regarding VA On-the-Job Benefits can also be found on the Military Community Gateway Page.

Steps for Veterans

In order to qualify for these benefits, you must have received a fully honorable discharge, have completed high school or GED, or have completed 12 hours toward a college degree.  Generally, you have 10 years from the last time you left active duty to benefit from this bill.  Please contact the VA to determine if you qualify for these benefits.

The following information facilitates the procedures for how veterans can apply for On-the-Job Training benefits through the VA:

1. Complete the appropriate VA initial application form:

  • For veterans who have never used their GI benefits, complete VA Form 22-1990.
  • For veterans who have previously used their GI benefits, complete VA Form 22-1995.


2. You may also need to submit Form DD 214 (Veteran's Separation Papers) to the VA. Contact the VA Call Center at (888) 442-4551 concerning this documentation.

3. After you have been properly certified and benefits have started, you will receive VA Form 22-6553d, Monthly Certification of On-The-Job and Apprenticeship Training (VA sends this form to the trainee). You and the office certifying official will need to verify work hours, sign form and return to VA Regional Procession Office (RPO) for release of your check.

4. You can apply for the GI Benefits online at Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill Website

5. You can also call (888) 442-4551 or visit the Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill Website for questions ab
out VA On-the-Job Training benefits.

 

 

 

On the Job Training