Veterans Training Program Now Available
A new Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) program provides up to 12 months of training and education for qualifying veterans age 35-60 to obtain meaningful employment in a high-demand occupations. The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) will offer 12 months of training assistance to 99,000 eligible participants who:
- Are at least 35 but no more than 60 years old;
- Are unemployedon the date of application;
- Received an other than dishonorable discharge;
- Are not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g.: the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance);
- Are not in receipt of VA compensation due to being unemployed; and
- Are not enrolled in a federal or state job training program.
The program is limited to 45,000 participants from July 1, 2012, through September 30, 2012, and 54,000 participants from October 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014, and assistance is equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty program (currently $1,473 per month).
Participants must be enrolled in a VA approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school, and the program must lead to an associate degree, non-college degree, or a certificate, and train the Veteran for a high demand occupation. To apply or get more information go to: www.benefits.va.gov/vow/