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VANEEP - ULTIMATE GUIDE

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On ‎6‎/‎1‎/‎2019 at 3:26 PM, Non Sequitir said:

 


 - Had to communicate with the school's academic adviser to have her fill out a VANEEP form indicating that my acceptance was unconditional despite that I was still taking a pre-req, so I could submit my VANEEP application.  The adviser obliged.

 

Was this a standard form or something you created?  They really want my letter to say "unconditionally".  My current letter simply says I'm accepted, but they said it would be "stronger" if it says unconditionally.

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I am currently a vaneep student and was wondering how long did it take for the actual payments to post to your student account for the school.

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16BitSalt has 7 years experience and specializes in Inpatient Psych/Behavioral Health.

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4 hours ago, BriScott said:

I am currently a vaneep student and was wondering how long did it take for the actual payments to post to your student account for the school.

It took a long time for me, I had to use financial aid or my payment would have been late to the school. What ended up happening is the VA sent an EFT with no name on it, so the school didn't know who to give the funds to (it's a large urban community college, there's a LOT of students). After a lot of back and forth my education coordinator gave me a copy of the EFT paperwork and they could finally apply the funds to my account. 

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16bitsalt,

Hi. I heard there's a yearly cap for the Scholarship. For example, an employee makes 50,000 a year,and the  Vaneep Cap is 25,000 a year. Does it mean that the employee has to work 40 hours per pay period just to cover half his salary? 

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3 minutes ago, vincelk said:

16bitsalt,

Hi. I heard there's a yearly cap for the scholarship. For example, an employee makes 50,000 a year,and the  Vaneep Cap is 25,000 a year. Does it mean that the employee has to work 40 hours per pay period just to cover half his salary? 

It's not income based. For me there was a hard cap of about 34000 for the VANEEP program, and that was universal for all of us. I don't know if that figure goes by VISN or if that's national. I'm a GS-5 currently. They appear to be lifetime funds, and then there's a separate pool of funds for people who pursue NNEI down the road. You do not need to be full time, you just need to have a year of service to the VA before applying. 

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Ok. Thanks. So regardless of what the employee makes. Once approved into the Scholarship, VA will cover the annual salary while the employee goes to school full time. 

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2 minutes ago, vincelk said:

Ok. Thanks. So regardless of what the employee makes. Once approved into the scholarship, VA will cover the annual salary while the employee goes to school full time. 

That's correct 🙂 Our MSA was really on top of it so I continued to get my paychecks right on time every pay period. If you work second or third shift, you will not get shift differential, so just be prepared for that. 

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Cool you guys got it. When I applied for it I was told there was no money for it.

Kind of glad I didn't get it, though. Much happier at the hospital I'm at vs. working at the VA and if I remember right there was an obligation to work for the VA for a couple years to get VANEEP. 

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On 10/3/2019 at 5:24 PM, gere7404 said:

Cool you guys got it. When I applied for it I was told there was no money for it.

Kind of glad I didn't get it, though. Much happier at the hospital I'm at vs. working at the VA and if I remember right there was an obligation to work for the VA for a couple years to get VANEEP. 

Honestly the more I'm doing clinicals at private hospitals (UPMC and AHN) the more I'm becoming jaded by the VA. But I'm at a good age to utilize federal retirement benefits (I'm 28, started at the VA at 26), so if I play my financial cards right I can retire at 57. I'm not a big fan of the the stereotypical "federal employee syndrome" that seems to hold true, though. 

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gere7404 has 5 years experience as a BSN, RN, EMT-B and specializes in Cardiac.

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I became super jaded at the VA -- it looks like you work a similar kind of unit to what I was doing, but mine was more focused towards dual diagnosed mental health/substance use disorder. Very, very low success rate, with the same veterans (if you could call them that, the majority of our clients never finished a year in the military but would wear all kinds of veteran shirts/hats/tattoos) admitting over and over again after we'd kick them out for relapse and lazy, incompetent employees pretty much all around who were now in charge because they were all that's left. 

Good insurance and leave benefits, though. 

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On 10/26/2019 at 12:22 AM, gere7404 said:

I became super jaded at the VA -- it looks like you work a similar kind of unit to what I was doing, but mine was more focused towards dual diagnosed mental health/substance use disorder. Very, very low success rate, with the same veterans (if you could call them that, the majority of our clients never finished a year in the military but would wear all kinds of veteran shirts/hats/tattoos) admitting over and over again after we'd kick them out for relapse and lazy, incompetent employees pretty much all around who were now in charge because they were all that's left. 

Good insurance and leave benefits, though. 

You're correct--the downstairs unit is out substance use/mood/personality disorder floor and we typically specialize in schizophrenia/acute (but we get a lot of substance abuse overflow). It's very frustrating to feel like I'm not helping much, but that seems to be psych in general (I'm moving to med-surg after I graduate most likely). The real, genuine veterans are the most wonderful out of the bunch but you're right, you get the "veterans" that didn't survive boot camp who come in and out of our facility for three hots and a cot every two months. 

Many VA employees are lazy and incompetent, but un-fireable because of AFGE. I like having the union in case something happens to me, but it's frustrating that bad employees are pretty much impossible to fire. I also deal with a direct supervisor who was originally a staff RN when I started--so she has her clique of nurses that can do no wrong and, without making a wall of text for you to read, this has created a conflict of interest/all-around miserable experience for work. 

I don't want it to sound all bad, though, I'm extremely grateful for the opportunity I've been afforded and I'll make these next three years I owe to the VA work to the best of my ability. Who knows, I may end up staying :) 

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Hello everyone, 

Does anyone know the gpa requirements for the VANEEP. I could swear I saw 2.75 somewhere at work on a power point but on a VA website it says 3.0. Also is that for the prerequsites or for your overall cumulative GPA. 

Thanks everyone

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