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:
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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