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Dispensing Optician Policies (Updated 5/09/2011)

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Dispensing Optician Agreement (Updated 1/13/17)
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GI Bill Apprenticeship in Massachusetts

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VA Certifying Official Handbook

GI Bill Basics - Collect Wages and Military Benefits:
Did you know that veterans, Reservists and National Guard members, who are employed as registered apprentices, may be eligible to collect G.I. Bill payments in addition to their regular full-time wages?

It's true! And it's one of the least known benefits of these exceptional military programs. Just as a college student can collect a monthly G.I. Bill payment for classroom attendance, so can a registered apprentice who learns a trade on-the-job.

Montgomery G.I. Bill payments for apprenticeship programs, which generally range from one to five years in length, can total between $2,600 and $42,000 depending upon benefit eligibility.

Everyone wins when apprentices collect their military benefits; employers possess a powerful recruiting and retention tool, employees can offset their living expenses while working toward journeyman status, and the state benefits from the influx of federal military benefit dollars into our local economy.


GI Bill Programs:
The Department of Veterans Affairs administers several education programs as set down in law, Title 38 United States Code. Each program is found in a different chapter of the law and this chapter number is often used to refer to the different benefit programs. The programs also have specific names. Each program provides different benefits to different groups of individuals.

Veterans, members of the National Guard and Reserve, and certain eligible dependents can use these programs for a wide variety of VA-approved education and training programs, which include: apprenticeship and on-the-job training, college degree and certificate programs, flight training and correspondence courses.

Each program offers a specified number of "months" of benefits. This number is typically 36 and the maximum number of benefit months that can be collected under any combination of VA education programs is 48. The 36-month figure was established based on full-time college attendance where students typically attend classes for 9 months each year: 9 x 4 years = 36 months.

A "full-time" institutional payment rate is set annually for each program and each time an eligible individual collects that amount of money he or she is said to have collected "one month" of benefits. Therefore, if a student were to attend a program on a half-time basis, it would take twice as long to exhaust the benefit.

Monthly rates for apprenticeship and on-the-job training programs are set to account for the increase in an apprentice's wages as he or she works towards journeyman status. Benefit payments decrease as wages increase.

For the first six months of an apprenticeship program the apprentice receives a monthly VA check that equals 85% of the currently full-time institutional rate for his or her benefit program. During the second six months of the program benefits are paid at 65% of the full-time rate and during the remainder of the program the apprentice receives a monthly check equal to 45% of the benefit's full-time rate.

It is important to note that VA education benefits can only be used for one type of training at a time. Individuals changing from one type of training to another, such as transitioning from a college program to an apprenticeship program, must complete VA Form 22-1995, Request for Change of Program or Place of Training and submit it to their VA Regional Processing office.

Please review all the information we have posted on our G.I. Bill page. If you have any additional questions please don't hesitate to contact us. We are happy to assist you and we thank you for your service to our nation.

For detailed information concerning VA education benefits visit:

Active Duty (Chapter 30)
It is for veterans who first served on Active Duty after June 30th, 1985. Eligible veterans paid into an education fund for one year, received an Honorable discharge and also earned a high school diploma or GED.

Helpful Numbers
The following telephone numbers and addresses are important in the certification of veterans, National Guard members and Reservists, and dependents for VA benefits.

Veteran's Administration (VA) Apprentice Form Procedures Apprentices who are eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs Education Benefit programs must fill out the VA Forms listed below and include the forms in their state apprenticeship application package.

Certifying Officials can obtain forms noted below as controlled forms either from the Department of Veterans Affairs at (888) 442-4551 or from the Massachusetts Division of Apprentice Standards at (617) 626-5409.

Include these forms with all INITIAL apprentice application packages.

  • VA Form 22-1990 pdf format of 22_1990.pdf
, Application for Benefits, OR
  • VA Form 22-1995 pdf format of 22_1995.pdf
, Change of Program (which is used ONLY if the claimant was previously enrolled in any type of VA-approved education or training program.)
  • VA Form 22-8794, Designation of Certifying Officials (controlled form)
  • VA Form 22-1999, Certification of Enrollment (controlled form)
  • DD Form 214, Separation or Release from Active Duty (for Chapter 30, Active Duty G.I. Bill benefits), OR
  • DD Form 2384-1, Notice of Basic Eligibility or "NOBE" (for Chapter 1606, Selected Reserve G.I. Bill benefits).
  • VA Form 22-6553d-1 pdf format of 22_6553d.pdf
, Monthly Certification of On-the-Job and Apprenticeship Training (which is included only if a period of apprentice training had been completed up to the point of initial application)

If the claimant is a spouse of dependent of a deceased or permanently disabled veteran and thereby eligible for the Chapter 35 Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program, the following paperwork must also be included in the State apprenticeship application package:

  • VA Form 22-5490, Application for Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance, OR
  • VA Form 22-5495, Request for Change of Program or Place of Training (Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance) This form is used ONLY if the claimant was previously enrolled in a VA-approved education or training program and was collecting VA benefits.

2. Send the following to the Department of Veterans Affairs AND to the Division of Apprentice Training when an apprentice is TERMINATED FROM AN APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM or when an apprentice is DEPLOYED ON ACTIVE DUTY with his or her National Guard or Reserve unit.

  • VA Form 1999b, Notice of Change in Student Status (controlled form), OR
  • A signed letter from the apprentice's VA Certifying Official (usually the apprentice's supervisor or boss) on official company letterhead that clearly describes the circumstances affecting the apprentice's termination or temporary absence from the training program.
  • A copy of the apprentice's National Guard or Reserve ACTIVE DUTY ORDERS.

3. Send the following to the Department of Veterans Affairs when an apprentice RETURNS FROM AN ACTIVE DUTY DEPLOYMENT with his or her National Guard or Reserve unit.

  • VA Form 22-1999, Certification of Enrollment (controlled form). The form should include the date the apprentice returned from Active Duty and the adjusted end date of the apprenticeship program, which will account for the time spent on Active Duty. This extension date must be approved by the Division of Apprentice Training.
  • DD Form 214, Separation or Release from Active Duty.


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