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This free 20-page guide includes detailed research by Ron Kness, a 36-year military veteran and expert in the service-to-school transition. The guide also has more than 150 resources with links to (and brief descriptions of) each.

Leave No Veteran Behind (LNVB) is a national 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides educational and employment services to Veterans who face economic hardship. Through their innovative educational debt relief scholarship, community service, employment training, and job placement programs, LNVB invests in heroes who have honorably served our nation and seek to continue their service as productive citizens in their communities.

Empowering veterans through education and employment not only keeps our promise to veterans and their families, but it is a sound strategic investment that strengthens the fabric of our nation and provides a catalyst for continued success.

Visit their website for more information.

Military Culture (1.827 MB pdf)
Date of Meeting: December 3, 2015

North Dakota University System and North Dakota Department of Veterans Affairs are educational partners, committed to providing greater educational opportunities and services for veterans pursuing their educational programs.

Date of Meeting: September 6, 2016

The National Energy Center of Excellence, designated by the Department of Energy as the National Power Plant Operations Technology and Education Center, offers 12 nationally-recognized energy industry degree and training programs with the first beginning in 1970.

On-campus students use world-class, one-of-a-kind lab equipment designed to prepare the next generation of energy industry employees.  Online students enjoy the flexibility of completing courses or a degree program built for those who cannot attend on-campus courses. The online courses offer simulations, animations, discussions and real-time lab sessions operating real equipment to offer the participant the same hands-on experience as the on-campus students.

All curriculum and lab equipment is reviewed by an Advisory Board of local and national industry experts. The Advisory Board provides the NECE faculty and staff with the most up-to-date information to ensure the programs are preparing the students with current technology and standards for a smooth transition from college to the workplace. 

Graduates complete their degree programs three times a year and are ready for work at facilities across the world. The NECE offers career services to students to assist in resume preparation, interview skills and finding employment. In addition, recruitment services are available to companies seeking out their next generation of employees to fill a retiring workforce. 

The NECE also offers a wide range of industry training options to assist in maintaining certification/training requirements, educating new hires or as a supplement to existing training programs. Dedicated staff and trainers are available to help companies with training needs to help each facility succeed in productivity and in a safe and efficient manner.

Visit the Bismarck State College National Energy Center of Excellence for more information.

Date of Meeting: December 3, 2015
Date of Meeting: November 22, 2016

SkillBuildND is a new program aimed at identifying and funding training opportunities for unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated workers in North Dakota. Special emphasis is placed on providing training opportunities to Veterans and Native Americans.

SkillBuildND-funded training provides financial assistance for tuition, books, fees, and required training tools to help prepare eligible participants for jobs in North Dakota’s growing oil industry and building trades.

Take a look at the SkillBuildND brochure for participant eligibility requirements and a list of qualifying training programs.

Summary of Benefits

Dependents' Educational Assistance provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. Effective October 1, 2013 some DEA beneficiaries may be eligible for 81 months of GI Bill benefits if they are eligible for more than one education benefit.

These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. If you are a spouse, you may take a correspondence course. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.


You must be the son, daughter, or spouse of:

  • A veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of active service in the Armed Forces.
  • A veteran who died from any cause while such permanent and total service-connected disability was in existence.
  • A servicemember missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force.
  • A servicemember forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.
  • A servicemember who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment for a service connected permanent and total disability and is likely to be discharged for that disability. This change is effective December 23, 2006.

For more information see the Survivors & Dependents Assistance Pamphlet (pdf)

Troops to Teachers is a U.S. Department of Defense program that helps eligible military personnel begin a new career as teachers in public schools where their skills, knowledge and experience are most needed.

Accredited schools for the Troops to Teachers Program can be found at this Link.

The Self-Determination Eligibility Guide found at the National Troops-to-Teachers web site provides the best and most up-to-date information on applicant eligibility. As the national office at the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) is the final authority on all eligibility issues, we recommend you contact them directly if you have any questions.

Visit the Lewis & Clark Region website for information on opportunities in North Dakota and the surrounding area.

Date of Meeting: October 19, 2016


Must be an ARNG Soldier in drilling status and remain in an active drilling status through the end date of the course or be a Soldier serving on Full Time National Guard Duty Operational Support (FTNGDOS) less than 179 days. Commissioned officers also must agree to remain a member of the selected reserve for at least four years after completion of the education or training for which the tuition is paid,


  • Must have no active adverse flagging actions per AR 600-8-2 paragraph 1-12 through 1-15.
  • Must have less than nine Absent Without Leave/Unsatisfactory Participation (AWOL/UNSAT actions) within the 12 months prior to submission for FTA application.

To continue eligibility, Soldiers must submit a documented degree/credential plan for record, outlining their education goal. This must be submitted prior ot the completion of nine semester hours (SH) (or equivalent) of coursework. Soldiers needing assistance with declaring an education goal or degree plan should contact the ARNG Education Support Center (ESC) at 1-866-628-5999 or esc@ngpec.org

Mobilized Soldiers or FTNGDOS/AGR Soldiers who do not otherwise meet the ACES Service Commitment requirements for ACES TA may be eligible to receive ARNG FTA.

If a soldier is not eligible IAW above criteria the State Education Services Officer (ESO) may request an exception to policy from NGB-ARM-EI.

Application-contact information:

  • Education Services Officer:  (701) 333-3064
  • State Tuition Assistance & Veterans' Bonus Program Manager:  (701 )333-3008
  • GI Bill Manager & Test Control Officer:  (701) 333-3089
  • Incentives Manager:  (701) 333-3087
  • Federal Tuition Assistance Manager:  (701) 333-3071

Or visit the NDNG website for more information.

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Be aware that the "Finding Your Perfect School" application requires personal information such as address, phone number, and email address.  This information DOES NOT need to be submitted to search for information contained on the website

Disclaimer:  Through the ND Department of Veterans Affairs website you are able to link to other websites which are not under the control of the ND Department of Veterans Affairs. We have no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them. 

Date of Meeting: October 11, 2016
VET Presentation (1.112 MB pdf)
Date of Meeting: December 3, 2015

State Resources

The Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) assists individuals with disabilities to achieve competitive employment and increased independence through rehabilitation services. They provide training and employment services to eligible individuals with physical or mental impairments so they can become and remain employed. Services that result in competitive employment are either provided or purchased.

DVR is a full service business assistance program for North Dakota business owners and employers. Through DVR services, businesses can gain a critical advantage in today's highly competitive marketplace. They provide professional consultations to assist business owners and employers in finding solutions to their disability-related issues.

Services include (but are NOT limited to)

  • Diagnosis and evaluation
  • Vocational counseling and planning
  • Information and referral
  • Adaptive equipment
  • Physical and mental restoration services
  • Employment maintenance
  • Transportation
  • Vocational training including supported employment
  • Job placement and follow-up


Eligibility for individuals who want to obtain or maintain employment is based on the following:

  • The individual must have a physical or mental impairment
  • The physical or mental impairment must affect the individual's ability to obtain or maintain employment
  • The individual must require Vocational Rehabilitation services

DVR has a responsibility to serve anyone who is eligible and living in the state.  They coordinate with the North Dakota Tribal 121 Vocational Rehabilitation Projects to serve American Indians with disabilities. American Indians can choose to receive services from state and/or tribal Vocational Rehabilitation programs.

Cost of services

Many services are provided at no cost to the eligible individual. However, some services are subject to a sliding fee scale based on income.

Federal Resources

If you are a Veteran, you may receive help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist Veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment.

If you support a Veteran or Servicemember with a service-connected disability, who faces difficult employment challenges, there may be little left in the household budget for your higher education and career advancement. VA may offer assistance to help you assess your career goals and abilities, find your next job, further your education and skills, and identify places where you can get job training.

VA may extend vocational counseling and support to family members on topics including:


Active Duty Service Members are eligible if they:

  • Expect to receive an honorable discharge upon separation from active duty
  • Obtain a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and
  • Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services

Or (until December 31, 2014)

  • Are participating in the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) or are certified by the military as having a severe injury or illness that may prevent them from performing their military duties
  • Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services, and
  • Report for an evaluation with a VR&E counselor before separating from active duty

Veterans are eligible if they:

  • Have received, or will receive, a discharge that is other than dishonorable
  • Have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10%, or a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA)
  • Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services

Basic period of Eligibility

  • Date of separation from active military service, or
  • Date the veteran was first notified by VA of a service-connected disability rating.

The basic period of eligibility may be extended if a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) determines that a Veteran has a Serious Employment Handicap

Visit the Department of Veterans Affairs website for more information.

VONAPP Guide (1.593 MB pdf)
Date of Meeting: January 15, 2016
VONAPP Guide (1.593 MB pdf)
Date of Meeting: January 15, 2016

The Wyakin Warrior Foundation is a 501 c(3) nonprofit organization providing a full-spectrum education and professional development program for severely wounded, injured, or ill Post 9/11 veterans, designed for collegiate success and resulting in a rewarding career after graduation.  Also known as the Wyakin Wounded Warrior Academy™, the program provides:

  • A full, 60 month scholarship (including room, board, books, tutoring, and living expenses).
  • A custom, one-on-one, multi-layered mentoring program by the nation’s top leaders in business, industry and government service.  Mentorship continues for a full year after graduation.
  • Monthly professional development seminars by business leaders, public officials and employment experts.
  • Lifetime membership in a fraternal organization (the Wyakin Warrior Foundation).
  • A service project, completed while in school, to benefit other wounded warriors.
  • Robust networking to assist them in securing gainful employment after graduation – not just get a job, but get a good job with upward mobility.

Our veterans can attend Boise State University, which has been an enthusiastic supporter of the program, or the College of Western Idaho, a local community college.

Date of Meeting: January 2, 2019

ND Adjutant General to Accept and Expend Funds

A BILL for an Act to create and enact section 37-03-18 of the North Dakota Century Code, relating to the adjutant general's program supporting North Dakota service members, veterans, families, and survivors, and the ability to accept funds for this purpose; and to provide a continuing appropriation.

This bill would...

  • Allow NDNG Adjutant General to establish and operate the ND service member, veteran, family, and survivor support program
  • Allow NDNG Adjutant General to accept and receive any private or federal donation, gift, grant or bequest
  • Allow NDNG Adjutant General continuing appropriation to administer and expend any private donation, gift, grant or bequest in accordance with the purpose or condition imposed by the donor


  • Added "National Guard" to the name of fund
  • Removed "federal or private sources and donations, gifts or bequests" 
  • Expeditures over $500,000 per bienium would need emergency commission approval
  • Added requirement for annual report of income and expenditures to the legislative appropriations budget section
  • Committee recommended DO PASS 14-0-0 HJ 550
  • Referred to House Appropriations HJ 563
  • Committee recommendED DO PASS 20-0-1 HJ 789
  • PASSED HOUSE 92-0 HJ 899


FISCAL NOTE: $80,000 (other funds) $0 General Fund


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