Veterans Benefits

The Pennsylvania Gunsmith School® was founded in 1949 to train the returning World War II Veterans. Through our history, veterans have been an integral part of PGS. In recent years, veterans have made up approximately one third of our student population.

Pennsylvania Gunsmith School® is approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for Veterans Education Benefits.  Typical programs that Veterans apply for and use at PGS are:

  • GI Bill® – including Post 9/11 (Ch. 33)
  • VA Veteran Readiness & Employment Program (Chapter 31)

Your best source for information concerning your eligibility and applying for benefits is

PGS has agreed to comply with the Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions serving service members, veterans, spouses, and other family members. For more information, please click here.

Pennsylvania Gunsmith School® has been designated a Military Friendly® School – Silver Ranking for the 2024 – 2025 School Year.

The Military Friendly® Company survey investigates and identifies the organizations whose commitment to serving the military veteran community is comprehensive in scope and meaningful in terms of actual outcomes and impact.

When applying for admission, please remember to enclose your DD-214.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. Government Web site at:

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the school’s financial aid office (412.766.1812)  and talk with the VA School Certifying Official.