VRAP GI Bill Begins Phase Two

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In late September the Department of Veterans Affairs had filled all 45,000 Veterans Retraining Assistance Program slots for fiscal year 2012 and had begun the process of approving applications for a total of 54,000 slots available in FY 2013.  As of Oct 4, 2012, the VA has received over 64,000 applications for both application phases of VRAP .

VRAP is designed to help unemployed vets between the ages of 35 and 60 who want to upgrade their skills for high-demand jobs. The goal of VRAP is to train a total of 99,000 Veterans over the next two years in more than 200 job skills that the Department of Labor has determined are the most sought-after by employers.

With completion of the first phase of applicants, VRAP is helping over 45,000 vets by providing them with a year of Montgomery GI Bill benefits (currently $1,564 a month) to cover the cost of training and education which will lead to an associate degree, a non-college degree, or a certificate for a high-demand occupation as defined by DOL.

As of October 1, the door was opened to another 54,000 eligible veterans. To be eligible for VRAP, a Veteran must: 

  • Be 35-60 years old, unemployed on the day of application, and not dishonorably discharged;
  • Not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment;
  • Not be enrolled in a federal or state job-training program within the last 180 days; and
  • Not receive VA compensation at the 100 percent rate due to individual unemployability (IU). 

Potential applicants can learn more about VRAP and apply online at www.benefits.va.gov/VOW, or call VA toll-free at 1-800-827-1000. 

Information about the Department of Labor's programs for Veterans is available at www.dol.gov/vets. Veterans can also visit the nearly 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers across the nation, listed at www.servicelocator.org, for in-person employment assistance. 

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