I just want to be clear that now that I’m with the Reserves, I actually don’t have a full time job. I only take a weekend off a month to drill, though I do fly from Seattle to Georgia to do so, so it’s usually more than just 2 days a month with the travel and I’m currently in GA for my 2 week annual training.
I see on the VA Weems website that there is a school like 1.5 hours from you (Indian Hills Community College). While every person’s situation is unique and I’m sure you want to keep your full time job, you might just be better off training full time. Reimbursement is about $14,800 for the 21-22 Academic Year that will just start 01 AUG 21 and your ratings should not take more than 12 months anyways so it might not be worth traveling 3 hours round trip per lesson to save just shy of $15,000 for the year.
With that said, I did just join a Facebook group not too long ago that is perfect for you. It’s an official charity group recognized by the IRS called RTAG (Rotary to Airline Group) originally set up to help out military rotary pilots but has branched out to any veteran looking at going to the airlines (including an infantryman like me). Many are just starting their journey like us and many are already airline pilots. They have scholarships, tips, and networking opportunities. I’d check them out and pose your question there too since all are veterans.