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06-08-2012, 16:40
The Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, provides seamless transition for Servicemembers, expands education and training opportunities for Veterans, and provides tax credits for employers who hire Veterans with service-connected disabilities.

The new Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) GI Bill offers up to 12 months of Montgomery GI Bill benefits for older unemployed veterans. Unemployed veterans between the age of 35 and 60 may apply for education benefits worth as much as $17,600 ($1473 a month). The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and the Department of Labor (DOL) are working together to roll out this new program on July 1, 2012. However, the VA is accepting VRAP applications *now*.

Visit eBenefits to apply: http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp

To be eligible for the VRAP GI Bill you must:

[] Be at least 35 but no more than 60 years old.
[] Be unemployed (as determined by DoL).
[] Not have a dishonorable discharge.
[] Not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program.
[] Not be drawing VA compensation due to unemployability.
[] Not be enrolled in a federal or state job training program.

This benefit must be used in a VA approved program offered by a community college or technical school leading to an Associate Degree, Non-College Degree, or a Certificate, and train the Veteran for a high demand occupation.

List of high demand occupations: http://www.gibill.va.gov/documents/VRAP_High_Demand.pdf

The program is limited to 45,000 participants from July 1, 2012, through September 30, 2012, and 54,000 participants from October 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014.

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)

Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW)