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Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)

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Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)

Congress passed, and the President has signed into law, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. Included in this new law is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). VRAP offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans. The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and the Department of Labor (DOL) are working together to roll out this new program on July 1, 2012.

The VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to Veterans who:

  • Are at least 35 but no more than 60 years old
  • Are unemployed
  • Received an other than dishonorable discharge
  • Are not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g.: the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance)
  • Are not in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability
  • Are not enrolled in a federal or state job training program

The program is limited to 45,000 participants from July 1, 2012, through September 30, 2012, and 54,000 participants from October 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014. Participants may receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty program (currently $1,473 per month). DOL will offer employment assistance to every Veteran who participates upon completion of the program.

Participants must be enrolled in a VA approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school. The program must lead to an Associate Degree, Non-College Degree, or a Certificate, and train the Veteran for a high demand occupation.

High Demand Jobs

VRAP will provide training for programs of education that lead to a high demand occupation, as determined by the Department of Labor. Click here to see a listing of high demand occupations.


VRAP Applications Are Open

We are accepting VRAP applications now. Please visit eBenefits to apply. Remember, to complete the application, you will need to know your direct deposit information (bank routing number and account number), the name and location of your school, the program you wish to pursue, and the applicable high demand occupation.

 
 

 

 

Detroit, MI

Date Event:June 26, 2012

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Hiring Our Heroes” Initiative is partnering with Joining Forces and the Department of Veteran Affairs on the Veteran Hiring Fair in Detroit, Michigan.  This event will be held June 26-28, 2012 at Detroit’s COBO Hall.

The National Veteran Small Business Conference and Job Fair is committed to making this one-of–a-kind FREE hiring fair a win-win for employers and veteran/military spouse job seekers.

This Department of Veteran Affairs event is sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the White House initiative, “Joining Forces”.

Tuesday – Thursday -- June 26-28, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
COBO Hall
One Washington Boulevard
Detroit, MI  48226

Registration
To register please go to:  http://VAforVets.VA.gov/Detroit
For more information:
Please contact Mr. Dave Thomas  at 202-681-4873 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
Job seekers, click here for flyer.
Employers, click here for flyer.


Online Tools for Veterans and Spouses

Hiring Our Heroes has launched an online partnership with Military.com to complement our face to face hiring fair efforts across the country.  Veterans can get help writing resumes and interview tips; translating military skills, experience, and training into related civilian careers; and finding current lists of employment opportunities with military-friendly employers. Click below to get the tools you need to find your next career.