Veterans Retraining Assistance Program Benefitting Veterans Seeking Employment
Starting in July, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Labor (DOL) will be teaming up to begin their Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). This program, part of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, will help provide benefits to veterans who are seeking employment and ineligible for other VA education benefit programs.
The VRAP can support veterans for up to 12 months with pay equal to the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty program, which is currently at a rate of $1,473 per month. The DOL will supplement the financial assistance with employment assistance and help in bringing veterans to education programs to earn an Associates Degree, non-college degree, or certificate.
Eligibility in the VRAP is dependent on a veteran not being eligible for other forms of VA education or employment benefits. A veteran must not have been dishonorably discharged, ineligible for the GI Bill and other related education bills, and not receiving compensation for unemployability from another VA program such as veterans’ disability benefits.
For disabled veterans who are unable to find work due to their disability the best option is to seek disability benefits rather than applying for the VRAP. When a service-connected disability makes working difficult or impossible, veterans’ disability benefits can compensate for unearned income.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-(800)-800-3332.