Veterans Affairs - VRAP:  Broader Advertising and Marketing to EXTEND ,and Explain Programs
  • Petitioned Eric K. Shinseki

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Secretary United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Eric K. Shinseki
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

Veterans Affairs - VRAP: Broader Advertising and Marketing to EXTEND ,and Explain Programs

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Unless the program is extended Tens of thousands of OUR VETERANS Will Be Left out and Without this VRAP Program won't be able to get the job training  needed to qualify for competitive meaningful Employment, and reduce unemployment .What is the VRAP Program?

Congress passed, and the President has signed into law, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. Included in this new law is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). VRAP offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans.

The VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to Veterans who:

  • Are at least 35 but no more than 60 years old
  • Are unemployed on the date of application
  • 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 September 30, 2012, and 54,000 participants from October 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014. Participants must attend full-time in order to receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty program ($1,564 effective October 1, 2012). DOL will offer employment assistance to every Veteran who participates upon completion of the program.

Participants must be enrolled in a VA approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school. The program must lead to an Associate Degree, Non-College Degree, or a Certificate, and train the Veteran for a high demand occupation.

VRAP Applications Are Open

We are accepting VRAP applications now. Please visit eBenefits to apply. Remember, to complete the application, you will need to know your direct deposit information (bank routing number and account number), the name and location of your school, the program you wish to pursue, and the applicable high demand occupation you wish to train in. To view an informative video on how to complete the application click here. NOTE: You do not have to select a program and high-demand occupation in order to complete the application like the video states.

Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary United States Department of Veterans Affairs
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
High Demand Jobs
VRAP will provide training for programs of education that lead to a high demand occupation, as determined by the Department of Labor
, MORE OUTREACH NEEDED, WithBroader Advertising and Marketing to EXTEND ,and Explain VRAP Programs Through the year 2016

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    Reasons for signing

    • David Fleshman COATESVILLE, PA
      • 7 months ago

      It is important to me because right now I am in schooo and with out the vrap program I will not be able to finish school. Why have a program for training veterans and then not let the veterans finish the training

    • David Baxter MUNCIE, IN
      • 7 months ago

      I am using the VRAP and my program does not end until August. I desperately need the funding in order to be able to complete my certificate.

    • jesus hernandez HOUSTON, TX
      • 8 months ago

      Still Unemployed!!! We need to spread the word about this petition!

    • Edward Arroyo HAVERSTRAW, NY
      • 8 months ago

      This is taking care of my expense while completing my degree!!!

    • James Garner TREASURE ISLAND, FL
      • 8 months ago

      Im a vet in school now hoping for the extension.


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