The issue of unemployment continues to impact folks across the country, and while there are promising signs that the newest generation of Vets has seen a downward trend in unemployment lately, much work remains to get Vets into meaningful jobs.
To help do that, we’re rolling out the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program. The program is designed to help provide training and education that will lead to high-demand jobs. Beginning on May 15, you can apply if you meet the following criteria:
- Are at least 35 but no more than 60 years old
- Are unemployed
- Received an other than dishonorable discharge
- Are not 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 unemployability
- Are not enrolled in a federal or state job training program
VRAP will offer 12 months of training, with up to 12 months of assistance at the rate of the Montgomery GI Bill payment (currently at $1473 a month).
Participants will enroll in VA approved education programs at community colleges and technical schools that lead to an associate’s degree, non-college degree, or a certificate that will lead to employment. The Department of Labor will assist with job placement once Vets finish the 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.
Come back to this site on May 15 to submit an application if you meet the qualifications.
We know many Veterans are still out of work. VRAP is not a silver bullet, but it’s a step in the right direction to help folks get back into a career.