Benefits Expanding for Iraq and Afghan War Vets

The International Association of Interviewers (IAI)made an announcement on Tuesday, August the 13, 2013, that its Certified Forensic Interviewer Certification was given the stamp of approval by the Department of Veteran Affairs as an eligible program for reimbursement via the Federal GI Bill. This is the newest program made available through the bill, among a number of other programs, that includes vocational training and even conventional educational training.


As listed from the website of the IAI their main purpose is to “provide educational, business, and networking opportunities to interviewers from all disciplines. The IAI will foster this growth through educational, business and social networking opportunities to engage other thought leaders and to increase members’ core interview skill sets using the latest information from legal, psychological, and practitioners,” which will form the timely transfer of educational information. Having veterans included in this organization, and furthermore participating in their certification will be a great way for them to utilize training that was received in the field, and, more importantly, it will be an immensely effective way for civilian employers to recognize military skills.


This is all part of the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2010 which was recently signed into law and has expanded the benefits given to veterans. Many of those benefits now include benefits for actively serving National Guard members as well as all other active service military personnel. The benefits provided in this bill will be available to many veterans and greatly enhance their quality of life. This will be done by aiding them financially as they make the transition from military life to civilian life.


“IAI values the contributions of our military personnel and the service they provide to our country,” Wayne Hoover, Vice President of IAI said this Tuesday, “We worked hard with the Department of Veteran Affairs to make available the CFI program so that veterans can make a transition into the interview and interrogation field via the certification.”


The Certified Forensic Interviewer designation is one of the only advanced level certifications available for interviewers and interrogators to participate in. It has 15 core competencies in it that are on a wide spectrum that ranges from the legal aspects of an interview and interrogation all the way to the complexity of field interviews. 1,600 of the more than 6,000 members of the IAI earned the certification. This certification is now available to veterans as one of the many educational and vocational programs that are reimbursable to veterans.


Melissa Mitchell, who is a Certified Forensic Interviewer and also served as a Sergeant for the United States Air Force, said. “The skill set that military personnel learn and refine in their roles to successfully serve our country is the same skill set that is the foundation for success as a Certified Forensic Interviewer.  Discipline, integrity, attention to detail, ability to execute according to directions, and loyalty to organization are the hallmarks of a good servicemen. Veterans carry the qualities they gained in their service with them as they transition from the military to serving civilian organizations. Having experienced the benefits of that compatible skill set personally in my own civilian career, I have intentionally sought out that same skill set in candidates for my Loss Prevention team knowing that not only will my company benefit, but I am also honoring those who have served our great Nation.” Melissa is currently a director of loss prevention for a christian book store and says that this certification is something that has aided her in her life after active duty.


It is important to recognize as a veteran that, to be eligible for the veteran benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill a veteran must be a veteran with 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001. The bill does also include individuals who were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days of service. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.


The bill provides financial support for education and housing to any veterans that fall under the qualifications listed above. This is for a wide array of educational options, which include the certification for forensic interviewers.

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