Veterans Help Veterans – GI Bill Benefits for Helicopter Training


US Military Veterans and flight students receiving their solo wings at the recent GA BBQ 2011

Curtis Marshall, Veteran, Sergeant, US Marines and Jason Martin, Veteran, Sergeant, US Army, have dream jobs working as professional helicopter pilots.  These dream jobs have been created by the unique programs offered by Guidance Aviation and Yavapai College.

Marshall is a helicopter instructor pilot and Martin an instrument rated helicopter pilot working on his commercial rating.  Both head up student services at Guidance Aviation, providing assistance to fellow veterans who want to use their Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to become professional helicopter pilots.

Marshall is an ideal case study for veterans looking to become professional pilots using their Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits.  He relocated from Boston to Prescott, Arizona where he used his Post 9/11 benefits at Guidance Aviation and acquired his flight instructor rating.  Upon graduating, Guidance Aviation hired Marshall not only as a flight instructor, but also as Manager of Student Services.

guidance_helicopter_facts “It’s a dream job and I am perfectly suited for it.  I can realize my dream of flight and I am also provided the opportunity to assist my fellow veterans with the daunting task of addressing all the concerns, questions and of course, paperwork associated with leveraging your GI benefits for flight training.  Having already accomplished this goal, it makes it a lot easier for me to assist other veterans coming into the program,” states Marshall.

Marshall’s cohort in the student services program at Guidance Aviation is Jason Martin.  Martin spent 4.5 years in the US Army with over 30 months spent in Iraq as a combat engineer.

“Once this program became available, I realized it was a once in lifetime opportunity, something no other veterans have been offered before us,” states Martin.  “I had been trying to fly in the military for so long but the selection process to fly for the military is lengthy and difficult.  The Post 9/11 GI Bill allows me to start flying now.  I am now an instrument rated pilot working on my commercial certificate.  Best of all, working in student services allows me to get the word out to other vets that want to fly.”
If you are currently serving in the military, or a veteran, and you are looking to use your Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits for flight training, contact Curtis or Jason at Guidance Aviation

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