Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)

The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) is now accepting applications on a first come, first served basis. VRAP, a joint program offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Labor (DOL) that was included in the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans, beginning on July 1, 2012. 

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

  • Are at least 35 but no more than 60-years old
  • Are unemployed
  • Received an other than dishonorable discharge
  • Are not 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 in the last 180 days

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 may receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty program (currently $1,473 per month). 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 will provide training for programs of education that lead to a high demand occupation, as determined by the Department of Labor.

Contact your Veterans Employment Representative for more information.