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 VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to Veterans who:
- Are at least 35 but no more than 60 years old
Are unemployed on the date of application
- 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
- 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 must attend full-time in order to receive up to 12 months
of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery
GI Bill–Active Duty program ($1,564 effective October 1, 2012). DOL will offer
employment assistance to every Veteran who participates upon completion of the
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 as determined by the Department of Labor.
Click here to see a listing of high demand occupations.
How Can I Apply?
We are accepting VRAP applications now. Please visit
eBenefits to apply.