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Veterans Retraining Assistance Program – Second Wave

As of September 30, the US Department of Veterans Affairs announced that all 45,000 slots in FY2012 Veterans Retraining Assistance Program had been filled, which is great news.

The VRAP has an admirable objective: Train 99,000 veterans in more than 200 desirable job skills to enable them to effectively compete for the most sought-after jobs.

The first phase has provided more than 45,000 veterans with one year of GI Bill benefits (to the tune of $1,564/month). This is to cover education and training costs for an associate degree or certification for what the Department of Labor defines as a high-demand occupation.

If you did not get your application into the VA before the deadline, you still have a chance to enhance your skills. The VA began the approval process for fiscal year 2013. There are 54,000 slots available in FY2013 as of October 1, 2012.

VRAP eligibility requirements include:

  • 35-60 years old veteran who is not dishonorably discharged and is unemployed on the day of application
  • Not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, or for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment;
  • Not be enrolled in another federal or state job-training program within the last 180 days
  • Not have a status of individual unemployability and receive VA compensation at the 100 percent disability rate

Find out more about veteran education benefits here, including the veteran educational assistance programs. For more details about the VRAP application process, contact your local VA center, or call 1-800-827-1000.

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