What follows below was sent as a mass email from the Texas Veterans Commission and is re-posted here as a service to whom it may concern…
TEXAS VETERANS COMMISSION
Program: Veterans Re-training Assistance Program VRAP
On November 21, 2011, President Obama signed the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 into law which established the VRAP. TheVRAP program will be administered by a collaborative partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Labor (DOL) and provides participants VA educational benefits for up to 12 months of vocational Training, in high demand occupations for unemployed eligible veterans between the age of 35 and 60 as determined by DOL and the VA. Applications will be accepted beginning May 15, 2012.
Review VOW Factsheet attached to this email for additional information and how to apply instructions.
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
– Applicants must have their selection prior to submitting VONAPP application
- 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
- 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 Oct. 1, 2013
- Veterans may apply on-line at the VA’s VONAPP (Virtual On-Line Application) Site.
- See ‘quick list’ at www.va.gov
- Additional information can be found at:
VETERANS MAY QUALIFY FOR ADDITIONAL EDUCATION BENEFITS.
The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) offers 12 months of retraining assistance to Veterans who are:
. At least 35 but no more than 60 years old
. Have an other than dishonorable discharge
. Not eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g., the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill,
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment)
. Not in receipt of VA compensation due to Individual Unemployability (IU)
. Not enrolled in a federal or state job training program
. Enrolled in a VA approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school
The program is limited to 45,000 participants from July 1, 2012 through September 30, 2012, and to 54,000 participants
from October 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014. Participants may receive up to 12 months of assistance at the full-time
payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty program (currently $1,473 per month). The program must lead
to an Associate Degree, Non-College Degree, or a Certification, and train the Veteran for a high demand occupation.
VETERANS WITH A SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITY MAY QUALIFY FOR ADDITIONAL
VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AND EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS
Veterans who previously completed a VA vocational rehabilitation program and have used the initial 26 weeks of
unemployment benefits may qualify for an additional 12 months of VA vocational rehabilitation benefits.
. You must have previously completed a VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program and been
considered “rehabilitated” by VA.
. You must apply within six months of using up your initial 26 weeks of unemployment benefits. You may still
qualify for extended or emergency unemployment benefits.
. You can apply now, but cannot start any education or training until June 1, 2012 and you must apply to VA by
March 31, 2014.
VA may offer incentive payments to encourage employers to hire and train program participants.
. VA may be able to reimburse an employer up to one-half your annual salary for 6 months or longer
. This can provide you with a competitive advantage with employers
. You must apply and qualify for VA vocational rehabilitation benefits prior to being hired
To apply or learn more information about VRAP or Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment benefits, including on how
to apply please call 1-800-827-1000 or visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/VOW and fill out an online application (VONAPP), or
Complete VA Form 28-1900, Disabled Veterans Application for Vocational Rehabilitation, and submit it to the nearest VA