By Gail A. Schlachter and R. David Weber.
488 pages, hardcover
Veterans, military personnel, and their dependents make up more than one third of America's population. Each year, public and private agencies set aside billions of dollars in financial aid for these groups (including the spouses, children, grandchildren, and dependent parents of veterans and military personnel). If you have ties to the military, how do you get your share? Schlachter and Weber answer this question in the 2012-2014 edition of Financial Aid for Veterans, Military Personnel, and Their Families.
What is covered in the directory?
Here, in one place, they provide a complete listing of not only federal and state financial benefits but the hundreds of privately-funded programs as well (more than 1,400 in all). These funds are available to applicants at any level (from high school through postdoctorate) for education, research, travel, career development, or emergency situations. Here are some examples: $1,000 a year to college students whose parents have served overseas; $1,000 for veterans who served in the U.S. Marine Corps; $400 a month for reservists going to college; $8,000 to Eagle Scouts with parents in the American Legion; up to $150,000 in loans for businesses owned by disabled veterans; income and property exemptions for veterans in selected states. And that's not all. The directory also provides a set of indexes that let you search the directory by program title, sponsoring organization, geographic coverage, subject field, and application deadline.
How is the directory organized?
Finding funding for those with ties to the military has never been easier. You can locate these programs in the directory by type of funding offered, specific tie to the military (veteran, military personnel, family member), sponsoring organization, program title, where you live, where your school of choice is located, and deadline date. Every piece of information that you need to decide if a program is right for you is here: purpose, eligibility requirements, financial data, duration, special features, limitations, number awarded, and application deadline. You'll even get fax numbers, toll-free numbers, web sites, and e-mail addresses, along with complete contact information.
Who would benefit from buying this book?
Those who serve veterans, miliary personnel, and their dependents, including librarians in public, academic, and special libraries; career center staff; veteran's affairs advisors; financial aid officers; guidance officers and advisors; and anyone else looking for funding open to those with ties to the military.
Those with direct ties to the military (veterans, military personnel, and their family members), including college-bound high school students and high school graduates; current and returning college students; entering or continuing graduate students; professionals; postdoctorates; and others who need personal grants-in-aid.
Want to look inside the book?
Still not sure this book is right for you? Need to know more about what the directory can do for you? Want to see the kind of information you'll get? Here's your chance to look inside the book and see the first 17 pages, including the table of contents, introduction, author bios, and a sample entry from the book.
What do the reviewers say?
Reference Book Review calls the directory "the most comprehensive guide available on the subject of financial aid for those with ties to the military." The directory was "enthusiastically reviewed" by American Reference Books Annual, (which judged it to be "exceptionally useful"), was called "comprehensive" and "authoritative" by Midwest Book Review, and was pronounced "easy to use" by College & Research Library News. In the view of Booklist, "this books fills a noteworthy gap." Perhaps Military.com summed it up best: "the definitive resource." Want to read more reviews?Click here.
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