Posted: July 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

On 28 MAY, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman, Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL), held a hearing to determine the progress being made on implementation of the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) which is part of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. 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 Sept. 30, 2012, and 54,000 participants from Oct. 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014. The VA opened applications for the program on 18 MAY and one of the panel questioned by the committee, VA Under Secretary for Benefits, Allison Hickey, reported that the program has already received over 12,000 applications for the program and approved around 1,400 to begin training on July 1, the first day of program implementation. Under Secretary Hickey also reported that about 23 percent of the applications had been rejected. The most common reason was that the veterans still had remaining GI Bill eligibility. When discovered the VA is notifying the individual and reinstating the remaining eligibility. It should be understood that when GI Bill eligibility expires, eligibility for the VRAP program may be available. More details on the program are available at the VOW website http://www.benefits.va.gov/VOW. [Source: NAUS Weekly Update 1 Jun 2012 ++]


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