VA Benefits Approved Solar Training
USSolar Institute is the First Solar Trainer to Accept ALL VA Benefits
The Department of Veterans Affairs selected US Solar Institute (USSI) to help train its service members to safely install PV technology. As the country’s first dedicated, licensed photovoltaic college to receive this distinction, USSI will play an important role in the post-service career training that has become a staple feature of the GI Bill.
Since 1944, the GI Bill and subsequent legislation have helped train millions of men and women in uniform, often providing professional education in cutting-edge industries. With solar energy becoming an increasingly vital component of homeland security and national energy independence, it made sense to add PV installation training to traditional standbys like IT, medicine, and engineering.
Although US Solar Institute is the first dedicated solar PV college to be tapped as an official training partner of Veterans Affairs, this is only the most recent in a long list of credentials, partnerships and associations for USSolar Institute. With students regularly attending USSI from organizations and corporations such as Underwriters Laboratory, NASA, United Nations, Owens Corning, Canadian Standards Association and International Association of Electrical Inspectors, it is only natural the VA approved USSI to train America’s best of the best.
Although USSI has become an official Veterans Affairs partner, it also provides solar PV training to active duty personnel and civilians as well. For a complete list of training courses, visit
VA Approved Benefits - Post 911 GI Bill & Montgomery GI Bill
Veteran Unemployment numbers are staggering.
US Solar Institute is dedicated to help retrain veterans and get them back on the job Via Chapter 31 & 33, VRAP, Joining Forces, Yellow Ribbon, and US Solar Institute Scholarships.
More on Post 911 GI Bill & Montgomery GI Bill: http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/post_911_gibill/index.html
VA Approved Benefits - VRAP
The VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to Veterans who:
- Are at least 35 but no more than 60 years old
- Are unemployed on the date of application
- You received an other than dishonorable discharge
- Are not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g.: the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance)
- Are not in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability
- Are not enrolled in a federal or state job training program
More on VRAP: http://benefits.va.gov/vow/education.htm
VA Approved Benefits - Yellow Ribbon
Only veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) or their designated transferees may receive this funding. Active duty servicemembers and their spouses are not eligible for this program (child transferees of active duty servicemembers may be eligible if the servicemember is qualified at the 100% rate).
Therefore, you may be eligible if:
- You served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months;
- You were honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001;
- You are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria listed above.
More on this program: http://gibill.va.gov/benefits/post_911_gibill/yellow_ribbon_program.html
VA Approved Benefits - Joining Forces
Joining Forces is dedicated to connecting our servicemen and women, veterans and military spouses with the resources they need to find jobs at home.
More on Joining Forces: http://www.whitehouse.gov/joiningforces