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Become a Financial Advisor. You can use your VA benefits while you learn. 


First Financial Group is a Veteran-owned firm.
We recognize the need for quality career options for our veterans as they transition to civilian life.

<strong>VETSTEPS is a Financial Advisor Apprenticeship program&#160;designed to build your new career from the ground up</strong>

VETSTEPS is a Financial Advisor Apprenticeship program designed to build your new career from the ground up

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.

What's different about this program? 

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.     

VETSTEPS does NOT ENCUMBER your earned VA education benefits

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.

Become a fully-licensed Financial Advisor.
You can transition to civilian life in a career that helps people live great financial lives.

<strong>What is a Financial Advisor?</strong>

What is a Financial Advisor?

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<strong>Your Runway</strong>

Your Runway

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<strong>What are the requirements?</strong>

What are the requirements?

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We are a DoD SkillBridge-Approved Organization


DoD Skillbridge-Approved Financial Services Internships available through all VETSTEPS-affiliated Firms.  


Are you interested in transitioning to an exciting new career as a Financial Advisor?


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*We expect that candidates who graduate from our Training and Development curriculum fully-licensed will enter into a contract with The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, or one of its subsidiaries, because we want you to continue your career as a Financial Advisor with us. Of course, you will have to meet the standards and requirements to be offered that contract. A Financial Advisor must be registered as an investment advisor representative with PAS providing investment advisory services. An individual cannot become a Financial Advisor or use that term with clients until meeting that criteria. First Financial Group is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, creed, religion, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, disability, military or veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable law. The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America is not affiliated with the Department of Labor or the Veterans Administration and is not involved in the VETSTEPS Apprenticeship program. Contact the individual department or agency for additional information regarding eligibility of benefits.

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