November 2017 Newsletter

Volume 1                                                                                                                                                                                               Issue 7


What You Didn’t Know Can HELP You

The GI Bill Is For More Than Just College

Apprenticeship & On-The-Job Training Programs

 GI Bill® benefits are available for more than college enrollment. Many veterans are not ready or able to commit to a college program, but few veterans and employers know that benefits are also paid to those who are employed and learning a new skill. Use MGIB benefits to learn new skills while training on-the-job and earning a full-time wage.

OJT training usually requires six months to two years for completion for professions such as a cook, machine tool operator, medical secretary, pharmacist assistant, police officer, or paramedic. Apprenticeship is usually much longer than OJT training, lasting from two to five years in length and includes occupations such as aircraft mechanic, automotive technician, electrician, and welder. Approved programs involve a combination of theoretical instruction and skill training.

How does it Work?

  • The employer and the veteran agree on a training plan of at least 6 months long, leading to new skills and new pay;
  • The employer contacts the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSSAVE) for assistance;
  • The veteran applies to the VA for monthly educational benefits (;
  • The employer maintains work and training records, evaluates the trainee’s progress, agrees to at least one wage increase during the training period, and certifies the trainee’s hours to the VA each month (Employer Tool KIt).


Who is Eligible?

Veterans and service members eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill® (Chapter 30), Post-Vietnam Era Veterans’ Education Assistance Program (Chapter 32), Post-9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33), Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35), and Montgomery GI Bill® – Selected Reserve Program (Chapter 1606) are eligible for OJT and Apprenticeship Training programs.

For more information about eligibility, contact the VA at or call (888) 442-4551. For more information about OJT Programs, contact the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education or call (916) 503-8317. For more information about Apprenticeship Programs, contact the California Division of Apprenticeship Standards at or call 415-703-4920.

To apply for the Montgomery GI Bill® (MGIB) education benefit, complete VA Form 22-1990 found at or apply online at

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Veteran’s Day Celebration

Veterans Day, November 11th, is fast approaching.  It is 99th anniversary of the Armistice ending World War One.  At the end of that war a group of local veterans came together to parade in the streets and soon formed the countywide veteran’s organization named the United Veterans Council of Santa Clara County. This non-profit has been producing the Veterans Day parade in downtown San Jose since that time.

The Celebration will start with a FREE Breakfast, starting at 0800
sponsored by KnowAVet and Opening Doors 2020

Please RSVP at, so we are sure to have enough food.


The Parade.

The reviewing stand will be on the west side of Market Street across from the Christmas in the Park display.  The VIPs will be on the reviewing stand for a ceremony at 10:00AM.

The parade will roll at 11:00AM.

The route is East on Santa Clara Street from Delmas to Market, south (right) on Market past the reviewing stand and will end at San Carlos Street.

Immediately after the parade more than twenty parade vehicles will proceed to Santana Row.  The main street of the Row will be shut down all afternoon to display vehicles.  We will have the historic Rosa Parks bus on display.  There will be tents and displays in the central area near the huge Christmas Tree. One will be the mobile cockpit from the USS Hornet Museum.

Around the corner near Rosie McCann’s there is a stage.  Three singing groups, including the Veterans Choir will be performing during the afternoon.


FREE Food and stuff for Veterans

Don’t forget to check Google for restaurants and stores with free offers for veterans on Veterans Day.  Last I saw was an article showing 89 places offering free meals and more, and that was two weeks before the big day.

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FREEBEES and Discounts –

I went into Jersey Mike’s sandwich shop, wearing my “Know A Vet?” badge on my pocket and the cashier gave me a 15% veteran’s discount.  Lots of other eateries and restaurants do also. That reminded me of all the other places I’ve gotten discounts from, such as Home Depot and Lowes.  

Try this site,  



for Military & Veterans Discounts Year Round


Car Rental

Clothing & Shoes

Computers & Electronics




Flowers & Gifts

Food & Wine

Health & Beauty

Home and Garden







Shipping & Storage

Travel and Hotel

Wireless & Internet

Local Area Discounts


Read more:


And all this is not even a complete list, so we are going to keep looking to provide you with additional lists in future editions of KnowAVet News.



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VETERANS BENEFITS – You may not have known about


Look at all that is available for Vets.  A vet can even QUALIFY FOR A PENSION IF THEY ARE LOW INCOME.  I surely didn’t know that.
And there is a whole lot more here.

You may also want to contact the San Jose Vet Center for their regular Veterans Benefits seminars.  (408) 993-0729


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This time we have no specific jobs to offer, BUT, you can’t get the job you want without a good resume and acing your interview.  So here is how to do that.  And it’s free!  

Please know that you can also go to work2future, NPower, Goodwill and others for more personal service, including job training, counseling and job placement.  


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Issue Of The Month – Flashbacks

Here are some excerpts from the Flashbacks page

What are flashbacks?

Do you sometimes feel as if you are reliving a past event? Does a noise, smell, or something you see seem to send you back to the scene of a traumatic event? Do bad feelings or strong emotions from another time come up unexpectedly and strongly, causing you to lose track of your surroundings? These may be signs of flashbacks.

A flashback occurs when you feel as if you are re-experiencing a traumatic event. You might remember everything about the event as if you were going through it again — vividly recalling the sights, sounds, smells, and other details. You might even have the same feelings or physical sensations that you had at the time of the event.

“It didn’t take much to send my mind back there. Trash on the side of the road, large crowds of people, fireworks – a lot of things seemed to trigger flashbacks. Even though I knew it wasn’t real, it still felt like it throughout my body.”

Often a symptom of posttraumatic stress, flashbacks can interfere with your ability to enjoy life. They can be stressful or disturbing, and you may worry whether you’ll have flashbacks in certain situations or out in public. You may be concerned about what people will think, or try to avoid social events that might trigger flashbacks. They can also be a cause of alarm to your family and friends, especially if they don’t understand what’s happening or know about some of the difficult things you have experienced.


If I’m experiencing a flashback, what can I do about it right away?

Take the next step: Make the connection.

Explore these resources for more information about flashbacks among Veterans.

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What’s Inside


What You Don’t Know Can HELP You


VETERANS DAY Celebration –
Including lots of FREE Food


FREEBEES and Discounts – 
All year around


BENEFITS – Many I didn’t know about
Including money for your family


JOBS – Counseling, Training, Placement, Resume Writing, Interviewing Techniques  and More – All FREE


Including how to get them under control and What To Do If You Have One


Please help us reach out so more vets can have a better life.



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