July 17, 2012

Veteran's Affairs Public Service Announcement

Department of Veteran's Affairs
Special Note: I'm considering myself a bit on the lucky side that I even found out about this program, so if a quick re-posted shout-out helps one other person I can feel good about passing it on. 
Are you or do you know an unemployed Veteran?
VA is now accepting applications for the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP).  VRAP is a joint program offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Labor.  The program provides up to 12 months of benefits for training towards a high-demand occupation.
Veterans can take advantage of VRAP if they meet the following criteria:
  • At least 35 but no more than 60 years old
  • Currently unemployed
  • Have an other than dishonorable discharge
  • Not eligible for any other VA education benefit program
  • Not receiving VA compensation due to unemployability
  • Not enrolled in a federal or state job-training program
You must enroll in a VA-approved program of education that: is offered by a community college or technical school; provides training towards an associate’s degree, non-college degree, or certificate; and leads to a high-demand occupation.
We will accept applications through October 1, 2013, or once we have 99,000 participants, whichever comes first.  Apply online now, since participation is limited.
If you know other Veterans who may qualify, please share this information so they too can have an opportunity to restart their careers!
Please visit our VRAP website for more information about this program.
Retired Brig. Gen. Allison A. Hickey is VA’s Under Secretary for Benefits.

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