If so, there is a new Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Labor's (DOL) education benefit program that helps train Veterans in high demand occupations.
As an eBenefits user we would like to share information about a new benefits program that is underway due to the enactment of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 last November. Included in this law is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) for unemployed Veterans, which VA begins accepting applications May 15, 2012.
Under VRAP VA may provide 99,000 eligible Veterans with up to one year of training assistance, equal to the full-time monthly payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty program (currently $1,473 per month) in order to help you earn training and certifications in high-demand job. In order to receive these benefits, you must attend a VA approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school.
You can begin applying May 15, 2012, but cannot start any education or training until July 1, 2012. Up to 12 months of training assistance may be used through March 31, 2014. Sign up early as participation in the program is limited to a total of 99,000 Veterans with only 45,000 Veterans allowed to participate prior to October 1, 2012. The remaining 54,000 must apply between October 1, 2012 and October 1, 2013.
To apply or learn more information about VRAP including how to apply and eligibility requirements please visit www.benefits.va.gov/VOWRelated Link: VOW to Hire Heroes Act 2011
Sean P Eagan
Former Chairman American Cold War Veterans