Enhancing Veterans' Care Tool Kit - Veteran/Active Military Nursing Students

This EVC Tool Kit will be updated on a regular basis to keep it current. AACN welcomes the addition of new materials related to the above goals.

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Helping Veterans Become Nurses Initiative
Helping Veterans Become Nurses Initiative helps veterans make the transition from military service to nursing school. HRSA has established a partnership with the Army, Navy, and Air Force and is working to align accreditation requirements for nursing programs with enlisted medical training so medics and corpsmen can receive academic credit for their military health care service.

Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program
Through the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence Initiative the Jonas Center will support scholarships for 54 nurses to be trained at the doctoral level (PhD and DNP) on veteran-specific healthcare needs, ranging from clinical to policy to administration to education, to help ensure our veterans are receiving the best possible care.

Military Friendly Schools
Since 2009 the G.I. Jobs team has approached 12000+ schools, asking them to participate in an annual survey to help military personnel, veterans, and military dependents find schools that are going above and beyond for them. The 2013 list includes more than 1,700 schools that represent institutions doing the most to educate America’s veterans. 

Student Veterans Of America (SVA)
This is a coalition of student veterans groups on college campuses across the globe. These member chapters are the "boots on the ground” that help veterans reintegrate into campus life and succeed academically. Each chapter must be an officially recognized student group by their university or college and provide a peer-to-peer network for veterans who are attending the school. Additionally, chapters often coordinate campus activities, provide pre-professional networking, and generally provide a touchstone for student veterans in higher education.

Tillman Military Scholars
This program supports our nation’s active and veteran service members and their spouses by removing financial barriers to completing a degree program of choice. The scholarship funds cover not only direct study-related expenses such as tuition and fees, but also other needs, including housing and child care.

Toolkit for Veteran Friendly Institutions
Created by the American Council on Education (ACE), this online resource is designed to help institutions of higher education build effective programs for veteran students and share information. It highlights a variety of best practices and includes video clips, profiles of student veteran programs across the U.S., and a searchable database of tools and resources.

Veterans Incentive Program (VIP)
This is a pilot program offering prior and transitioning corpsmen and medics the opportunity to use the training they received while serving in the military and apply it to the unique setting of the NIH Clinical Center, a research hospital located in Bethesda, MD.  Participants can then proceed to apply for financial support to continue their education in pursuit of a nursing degree.

Yellow Ribbon Program
The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the law that created the Post-9/11 GI Bill; it allows approved institutions of higher learning and the VA to partially or fully fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the established thresholds under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Government Affairs
Grants & Funding Opportunities

HRSA funds two programs that support academic, service, and continuing education projects designed to enhance nursing education, improve the quality of patient care, increase nurse retention and strengthen the nursing workforce:

Program Examples

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