New benefits that cover education costs for up to one year are now available for unemployed Veterans between the ages of 35 and 60.
The joint program between the VA and Department of Labor aims to train 99,000 Veterans for work that is in high demand.
“This important tool will help those who served our country receive the education and training they need to find meaningful employment in a high-demand field,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki in a written news release. “Veterans are disciplined, hardworking, goal-oriented team members who can play a vital role in helping businesses and the economy grow.”
To qualify Veterans must:
- Be 35-60 years old, unemployed on the day of application, and not dishonorably discharged;
- Start education or training after July 1, 2012, in a VA-approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school leading to an associate degree, non-college degree or a certificate for a high-demand occupation as defined by the DOL;
- Not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g. Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment);
- Not be enrolled in a federal or state job training program within the last 180 days;
- Not receive VA compensation at the 100% rate due to individual unemployability (IU).
The program is on a first-come basis.
Details are available through the VA Call Centers toll free at 1-800-827-1000.
Veterans go to the VRAP application online at https://www.ebenefits.va.gov.
And, Veterans are also encouraged to visit the nearly 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers in the country. To find the center closest to you at: www.servicelocator.org.