There's a reason your military career started with basic training. VETSTEPS starts with the basics and by the time you have successfully completed the program, you will be a fully-licensed Financial Advisor with income from your own established practice that you have developed with the help of your mentor.
You hear a lot of talk about "veteran friendly" these days. And that's a good thing. We commend all employers who are making a conscious effort to help American veterans find jobs. We take it very seriously. VETSTEPS was specifically developed to incorporate the training, the tools and, most critically, the time needed to ensure a successful transition to civilian life as a Financial Advisor. VETSTEPS is open to anyone, but we developed the program based on Department of Labor and Veterans Administration requirement so that you could use your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits while you learn.
Your earned VA benefits are not required for tuition or any fees related to training. As an Apprentice, your VETSTEPS earnings should cover the costs of all Industry associated required fees related to building your financial advisor business (i.e. technology, licenses, subscriptions, etc.). We train you for your gain. Your VA benefit check is sent directly to you for you to use as you see fit. This is our commitment to you as a United States Military Veteran.
ARE YOU READY TO BECOME A VETSTEPS FINANCIAL ADVISOR APPRENTICE?
VETSTEPS is the only DOL-Approved Apprenticeship to teach and train individuals to become Financial Advisors
AS A MILITARY VETERAN, YOU HELPED PROTECT OUR COUNTRY.
For over 40 years, we’ve helped protect the life, health, and wealth of our clients. This alignment is what makes your opportunity as a financial professional with a VETSTEPS firm so great.
We are a DoD SkillBridge-Approved Organization
INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS FOR ACTIVE-DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS WITHIN 6 MONTHS OF TRANSITION
DoD Skillbridge-Approved Financial Services Internships available through all VETSTEPS-affiliated Firms.
Many independent parties will be supporting you on this journey. The VETSTEPS Apprenticeship Program (VETSTEPS) is a Virginia Department of Labor and Industry (DOL) – approved job training program sponsored by PatriotPaths, LLC (the Sponsor). VETSTEPS and VETSTEPS Financial are trademarks of PatriotPaths, LLC.
The VETSTEPS Apprenticeship Program (VETSTEPS) is a Department of Labor (DOL) – approved job training program sponsored by First Financial Group DBA VETSTEPS Financial, an agency of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America (Guardian). VETSTEPS Financial has the sole rights to offer the VETSTEPS program in your area. You will be monitored throughout your Apprenticeship in accordance with DOL guidelines. Any Protege or Field Representative Agreement you enter into with Guardian, and related association with FFG, can be maintained separately from your involvement in the VETSTEPS program. VETSTEPS Financial is not an affiliate or subsidiary of either Guardian or FFG. VETSTEPS Financial, Guardian and FFG are not affiliated with the DOL or the Veterans Administration.
Source: Zoli, Maury, & Fay, 2015 – Republished in The Military to Civilian Transition 2018, The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs