The US Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced a new program set to roll out on July 1, 2012 called the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). VRAP is part of the legislation included in the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 and offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans. Veterans must enroll in training that is listed as a high demand occupation by the Department of Labor.
The University of Northwestern Ohio offers training in many of these high demand occupations. Some of those occupations include: General and Operations Managers, Business Operations Specialists, Tax Preparers, Computer Support Specialists, Paralegals, Legal Assistants, Health Information Technicians, Medical Transcriptionists, Travel Guides, and more. For a complete list of the jobs categorized as High Demand by the Department of Labor, visit http://www.gibill.va.gov/documents/VRAP_High_Demand.pdf
This new assistance is offered to Veterans who:
- Are at least 35 but no more than 60 years old
- Are unemployed
- Received an other than dishonorable discharge
- Are not eligible for any other VA Education Benefit Program (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 VRAP program is limited to 45,000 participants from July 1, 2012 to September 30, 2012, and 54,000 participants from October 1, 2012 through March 31, 2014. Participants may receive up to 12 months of assistance currently set at $1,473 per month. The Department of Labor will offer employment assistance to every Veteran who participates upon completion of the program.
For more information about the VRAP program or to see if you qualify, please contact Randy Gasser, UNOH Military Relations Coordinator, at 419-998-8498