Wednesday, October 17, 2012

VA Offers Training Program for Veterans

According to a Department of Veterans Affairs press release, 45,000 applications have been approved for the Veteran’s Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), a new training and education program for unemployed veterans who want to upgrade their skills for high-demand jobs. Another 54,000 slots will be available in FY 2013. VRAP aims to train 99,000 veterans over the next two years in over 200 job skills that the Department of Labor has determined are the most sought-after by employers.

“At VA, we know first-hand that Veterans make exceptional employees, which is why this Administration has deployed a full-court press to connect Veterans with good jobs,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki in the press release.

Part of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, VRAP allows qualifying veterans to receive up to 12 months of education assistance equal to the current full-time Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty rate of $1546 per month. Training programs include computer support specialist, general and operations manager, business operations specialist, and heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanic and installer, among many others.

To be eligible for VRAP, a veteran must: 

  • Be 35-60 years old, unemployed on the day of application, and not dishonorably discharged;
  • Not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment;
  • Not be enrolled in a federal or state job-training program within the last 180 days; and
  • Not receive VA compensation at the 100 percent rate due to individual unemployability (IU). 

The VA is currently accepting applications for VRAP. To learn more or apply for a slot, click here. You can also view the VA flyer for the program here.

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