The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) offers 12 months of retraining assistance to Veterans who are:
35 but no more than 60 years old
Have an other than dishonorable discharge
for any other VA education benefit program (e.g., the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and
Not in receipt of VA compensation due to Individual Unemployability (IU)
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 vocational rehabilitation and employment benefits please call 1‐800‐827‐1000, visit
the www.va.gov 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 Regional Office.