Veterans Retraining Assistance Program - VRAP
Congress passed, and the President 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 Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Labor (DOL) are working together to roll out this new program on July 1, 2012.
To qualify, a Veteran must:
- Be at least 35 but no more than 60 years old
- Be unemployed
- Have an other than dishonorable discharge
- 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)
- Not be in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability
- Not be enrolled in a Federal or state job training program
Participants Limits and Payments
The program is limited to 45,000 participants from July 1, 2012 through September 30, 2012, and to 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. Dept. of Labor will provide employment assistance to every veteran who participates upon completion of the program. We are accepting VRAP applications now. Visit eBenefits to apply.
Participants must be enrolled in a program of education approved for VA benefits that is
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
High Demand Occupation
VRAP Frequently Asked Questions
GPA and Course Requirements
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