Veteran Student Services

Veteran Student Services

At Reinhardt, we are proud to serve those who have served our country in the United States military. We owe you a debt of gratitude for your sacrifices and dedicated commitment in service to defend our country and our freedom.

As a VA-approved Yellow Ribbon campaign/GI Bill school, our goal is to support you and your family members as you begin, continue, and complete your academic goals. At Reinhardt, we offer military training transfer credit evaluation, military veteran faculty and staff employees, student-focused, small classes, regional accreditation, and a 130-year-plus history of quality – all with the goal of creating a unique experience where each student thrives. Our services are available to all military service veterans (active, guard, reserve, former, and retired), and veterans’ family members.

The Office of the Registrar serves as the Certifying Official to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs on behalf of Reinhardt University. Veterans and the dependents of Veterans who are eligible to receive benefits will work with the Veterans Benefits Coordinator in the Office of the Registrar who can be reached by phone 770.720.5534 or email registrar@reinhardt.edu

Veteran Benefit Programs

Information about VA education benefits is available at the VA benefits website or call 1-888-442-4551.

The Federal Department of Veteran Affairs administers the benefit programs listed below. If you need additional assistance, please call VA's toll-free number 1-888-442-4551 to speak with a Veterans Benefits Counselor. These counselors are there to help you with your educational questions and benefits. To inquire about your benefits, download forms and learn what is happening with VA, please visit the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Education Service home page. Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty Educational Assistance - Active Duty (MGIB).

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    The Montgomery GI Bill program

    This program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. Benefits are paid monthly via direct deposit. Persons who first entered active duty after June 30, 1985, are generally eligible. Some Vietnam Era veterans and certain veterans separated under special programs are also eligible. The bill also includes a program for certain reservist and National Guard members.

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    Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)

    This program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. Benefits are paid monthly via direct deposit. Current actively drilling reservists and National Guard members are eligible.

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    Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

    Established as a part of the Ronald W. Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a new Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This new program makes certain individuals who were activated after September 11, 2001, either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits. Benefits are paid monthly via direct deposit. Current actively drilling reservists and National Guard members who have been deployed or upgraded to an active duty status via title 10 or title 32 of the US Code are eligible.

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    Post 9/11 GI Bill

    This program provides active duty members and reservists who have served active duty time since September 11, 2001 a comprehensive education benefit. Military members who have served at least 90 days of cumulative active-duty time since September 11, 2001, or have served 30 days and been discharged due to a service connected disability are typically eligible. Percentage of the benefit ranges from 100% to 40% depending on how much active duty time was served. Generally, this includes tuition and fees paid to the school, as well as a books and supplies stipend and a living stipend paid via direct deposit to the student. Currently Reinhardt University does participate in the Yellow Ribbon program. Transfer of Entitlement is a component of this program where an eligible active military member or member of a Reserve Component may transfer all or part of their Post 9/11 GI Bill to a spouse or child. This transfer must be approved by the specific military branch. For further information on Transfer of Entitlement visit the VA’s website.

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    Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA):

    This program provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits and is paid monthly via check. Some family members of disabled or deceased veterans are eligible for educational benefits.

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    Vocational Rehabilitation

    Visit the  Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service page for rehabilitation information.

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    Tuition Assistance

    paid directly to the school, tuition assistance is administered by the individual branch of service or Reserve Component. See your military unit for details.

Time Limits – Generally, veterans have 10 years from the date they were last released from active duty to use their educational benefits, with exception of the Post 9/11 GI Bill which is 15 years. Spouses generally have 10 years from the date they are found eligible. Children are generally eligible from age 18 until age 26.

 Tuition Payments – All VA students are responsible for tuition, fees, and books. You cannot charge school costs to VA. You must be prepared to pay out-of-pocket expenses to start school. It takes approximately 30-60 days to start receiving payments. Any financial arrangements must be made through Reinhardt University Business Office.

 

Community Resources

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    Georgia Department of Veterans Services

    Veterans Service is to serve Georgia's veterans and their families in all matters pertaining to veterans benefits. Click here to find out more.

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    Cherokee Veterans Community

    The Cherokee Veterans Community ministry (CVC), is the military ministry at First Baptist Church Woodstock and is one of several military-type groups serving Cherokee County veterans, alongside the American Legion, VFW post, Marine Corps League and the Cherokee County Homeless Veteran Program. The CVC’s mission is to provide support in unique ways through monthly support groups, veteran and non-veteran education, and community outreach. The community involvement has helped grow the ministry to where it is today. And the ministry continues to develop new initiatives for the new year.

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    Cherokee County Veterans Treatment Court

    CCVTC’s mission is to successfully rehabilitate veterans with substance use and/or mental health disorders who have come into contact with the criminal justice system through criminal activity in Cherokee County by coordinating judicially supervised treatment and community resources that will provide the necessary tools to lead a productive and law abiding life. visit their website

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    Cherokee County Homeless Veterans Program

    This organization is intended to provide material support for repair projects and there is no requirement that the Veteran in need belongs to the American Legion. This is a Cherokee Countywide program and we are working with the other Veteran organizations within Cherokee County to help identify our fellow Veterans who need minor repairs done to their homes. The grant from The Home Depot Foundation is part of the company’s nationwide effort, in partnership with Veteran service organizations like American Legion, to improve the homes and lives of U.S. military Veterans and their families. Jim Lindenmayer - 770-479-4405 or jlindenmayer80@gmail.com, Director of the Cherokee County Homeless Veterans Program who is heading up this project. 

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    Canton American Legion Post 45

    This group has been welcoming VETERANS from all branches of our Armed Forces. Today, we continue to welcome all military personnel serving our country. Joining our Post enables you to continue serving your God, Country, and Community. Our mission is to implement the goals, aspirations, dreams, peace, and blessings for our country, friends and families embodied in our preamble on the next page. American Legion Post 45 is located at 160 McClure St., Canton, Georgia. (http://www.galegion45.org/)

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    Woodstock American Legion Post 316

    This organization is serving the needs of our Veterans and Active Duty personnel in the South Cherokee County area from our home in Woodstock, Georgia. South Cherokee County Post 316 was chartered in 2002 and currently has some 150 members. Our meeting locations have changed through the years and we are currently meeting on the third (3rd) Thursday of each month. Post 316 is located at 223 Arnold Mill Rd, next to the Firestation.  (http://www.alpost316ga.org/)

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    Canton VFW Post 5262

    This organization was chartered on February 2nd, 1946.  Our post works constantly to support our community and to fight for the rights and care of our fellow veterans. VFW Post 5262 play an active role in the community and works constantly to support, enhance, and serve the causes of veterans and their families.  In addition to direct support and action, our post also coordinates with other local community organizations to support the veterans and their families directly, as well as the community at large.  The following is a list of programs that we serve with and what we are doing. (http://www.vfwpost5262.org/)

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    Marine Corps League Detachment #1311

    Members of the Marine Corps League join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps, banding together those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that service that they may effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy, voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines, FMF Corpsmen and former Marines and FMF Corpsmen and to their widows and orphans; and to perpetuate the history of the United States Marine Corps and by fitting acts to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular interest to Marines. (https://mclwoodstock.wordpress.com/)

Online Resources

  • MakeTheConnection.net

    Launched in 2011, net connects Veterans, their family members and friends, and other advocates with mental health information, local resources, and Veterans’ own inspiring stories of recovery. Visitors can learn about the signs of mental health conditions or substance use problems and find sources of support. The site is free and accessible to everyone.

  • Military OneSource

    At Military OneSource, we have one mission — to connect you to your best MilLife. How can we help you achieve your goals today? Click here to find out more.