Veterans Retraining Assistance Program – VRAP
As a part of the VOW To Hire Heroes Act signed into law in November of last year, is a very important component to stimulate Veteran employment. This is the Veterans Retraining and Assistance Program known as VRAP. The goal of VRAP is to end veteran unemployment and train 99,000 Veterans for jobs. Veterans Retraining and Employment Act will provide Veterans training for programs of education that lead to a high demand occupation, as determined by the Department of Labor. Additional education benefits may apply to veterans who qualify.
The Veteran Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) allows qualifying Veterans between the ages of 35 and 60 to receive up to 12 months of education assistance. Maximum payments are equal to the full-time rate for the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty, currently $1,473 monthly.
Veteran Qualifications include:
Under VRAP, Veterans Retraining and Assistance Program, Veterans apply on a first-come, first-served basis for programs that begin on or after July 1. The VA began accepting applications on May 15. The program is limited to 45,000 Veterans for 2012, the first fiscal year and 54,000 Veterans may participate during the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2012. The goal of VRAP is to train 99,000 Veterans for high demand jobs over the next two years.
For more information on these great benefits and how to apply, please visit www.benefits.va.gov/VOW or call toll free at 1-800-827-1000. The VA is now accepting VRAP applications now. Please visit eBenefits to apply. DoL will provide employment assistance to every Veteran who participates upon completion of their program.
The high demand occupations include: