Fort Mill Times

Our view: Support the Veteran Scholarships Forever program

Unless a veteran had a job prior to being deployed, the employer may not be obliged to have a job waiting for returning military personnel.

One of the hardships faced by returning veterans is finding a good, well paying job. The GI Bill – which provides educational assistance to service members, veterans and their dependents – may have tuition eligibility exclusions and the paperwork can take months.

A new program, Veteran Scholarships Forever, has established tuition programs at community and technical colleges throughout South Carolina for veterans and their spouses. According to the website, the scholarship primarily helps veterans and their spouses learn vocational and skilled trades to get them into “the job market quickly with jobs that pay well and have long-term growth potential.”

There are four participating colleges, including one in York County. York Technical College offers customized programs that take a few months to two years, depending on an applicants’ skill on course entry. Such programs include welding, dental and medical assisting, modern machine technology commercial driving and construction certifications.

The scholarship for veterans is funded solely through donations. To make a contribution send checks made payable to Veterans Scholarship Forever-York Tech to York Technical College, Support Services, 452 S. Anderson Road, Rock Hill, SC 29730.

Part of military training is self reliance. Veterans are often reluctant to ask for help and lose time transitioning into civilian life. Now, we can help our neighbors serving our country by supporting them with needed skills at home.