Your career as a Professional Taxidermist starts here!
You will need to follow the VA's instructions to establish your eligibility.
In 2011, the new Chapter 33, Post 9/11 benefits went into effect. More
veterans are now eligible to have 100% of their tuition, specimens and supplies
paid for by the VA. For chapter 33 students, VA will pay us directly for your
tuition and supplies, and you will also receive a payment for housing & meals.
Your first step is to go to www.gibill.va.gov and click on "Apply for Benefits"
After your application has been processed; you will receive a letter of eligibility from the VA. Once you have your letter we can then certify your enrollment in the class of your choice. It’s that simple.
You still need to send in our enrollment application (printable from our web site) and the required $500.00 deposit to reserve your spot in the class of your choice. We will reimburse you as soon as the VA has paid your tuition.
Second Nature School of Taxidermy was one of the first taxidermy schools in the nation to be approved to accept students using VA and GI Bill® benefits.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Statement on Signing the G.I. Bill®
June 22, 1944
“This bill, which I have signed today, gives servicemen and women the opportunity of resuming their
education or technical training after discharge, or of taking a refresher or retrainer course.”
Before the war (World War II), college and homeownership were, for the most part, unreachable
dreams for the average American. Thanks to the GI Bill®, millions who would have flooded the job market
instead opted for education. In the peak year of 1947, Veterans accounted for 49 percent of college
admissions. By the time the original GI Bill® ended on July 25, 1956, 7.8 million of 16 million World War II
Veterans had participated in an education or training program.
In 2011, the GI Bill® was updated once again. The new law gives Veterans with active duty service on, or
after, Sept. 11 2001, enhanced educational benefits that cover more educational expenses and provide a
living allowance during their training.