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United States Department of Labor And U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). VRAP . One of the programs and activities authorized by the VOW To Hire Heroes Act, enacted on November 21, 2011
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
One of the programs and activities authorized by the VOW To Hire Heroes Act, enacted on November 21, 2011
A collaborative partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Labor (DOL)
Targets a specific category of Veterans
Provides participants VA educational benefits for up to one year of Vocational Training
VA approved VRAP education/vocational education programs must:
Be in one of the “high demand occupations” identified by the Bureau of Labor Statistics
A list of high demand occupations will be available on the VA website at http://benefits/va.gov/vow and click on VRAP
Applicants must have their selection prior to submitting VONAPP application at http://www.va.gov
Be offered by a community college, vocational or technical school
Lead to an Associate Degree, Non-College Degree, or a Certification
To be eligible for VRAP benefits, applicants must be:
at least 35 but no more than 60 years old
cannot have reached their 61st birthday before training commences;
unemployed as of the submission date of the application (self-attestation by each veteran);
ineligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g., the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment); and,
submitting an application before Oct. 1, 2013.
To be eligible for VRAP Veterans must NOT be:
in receipt of a dishonorable discharge for their last period of military service;
in receipt of VA disability compensation due to Individual Unemployability (IU); or,
enrolled in a Federal or state funded job training program currently or within the previous 180 days.
The program will run from July 1, 2012 through March 31, 2014.
Applications will not be accepted after October 1, 2013)
Approximately 99,000 veterans will be served under the VRAP
Up to 45,000 between July 1, 2012 thru Sept. 30, 2012
Up to 55,000 between Oct. 1, 2012 and Sept. 30, 2013
How and where Veterans may apply ….
On-line at the VA’s VONAPP (Virtual On-Line Application) Site.
See ‘quick list’ at www.va.gov
Assistance will also be available through the resource rooms in the One Stop Career Center System in each State and can be found at http://www.servicelocator.org
Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Specialists (DVOP);
Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives (LVER);
Wagner-Peyser funded staff or other One-Stop staff; and
One-Stop Partner agencies and community colleges.
One-Stop Center Staff will:
Advise interested veterans in the VRAP
Assist them to understand VRAP eligibility
Assist them to determine LMI for those fields selected
Identify “high demand occupations” approved for VRAP
“high demand” does not always indicate that jobs are available in any given geographical location or time.
For those veterans who complete the training or terminate early, One-Stop Center Staff will:
Contact individuals within 30 days to provide assistance
Assist Veterans who do not find their own jobs to do so
DOL and the VA are working out the notification process
Veterans found ‘not eligible’ for VRAP can:
File an appeal with the appropriate VETS State Director
Seek job or training assistance through the One-Stop Career Center system
Angela Mauldin, US DOL VETS
firstname.lastname@example.org or 813-375-3999
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