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Old 05-15-2012, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Johnson City, Tn
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They Started taking applications today. Go through VONAPP

https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefi...geLabel=Vonapp



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 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
More Info Here: VOW to Hire Heroes Act 2011 - For Employers
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Old 05-25-2012, 04:10 PM
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Hi,

Do you know if one can use online training for this new program?

Thanks
Bob
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Johnson City, Tn
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I really do not know but just as a guess I would say yes. Reason: The money is put to your bank account instead of straight to the College. As long as the courses fit for the High Demand Occupation you are getting educated or trained in.

The Post 911 GI Bill has a facebook page that they also give info out about this program. They really don't seem to answer many questions though. Maybe there is a number buried in the original link that you can call.

I am going trades so no classes for me are online.
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Old 05-27-2012, 01:11 PM
 
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They Started taking applications today. Go through VONAPP

https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefi...geLabel=Vonapp



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 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
More Info Here: VOW to Hire Heroes Act 2011 - For Employers
This particular assistance would not help myself or 80% of my Marines. The age limit alone cuts us out the picture.
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Old 05-28-2012, 02:44 AM
 
Location: Phoenix,az
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This particular assistance would not help myself or 80% of my Marines. The age limit alone cuts us out the picture.
My friend either, a Vietnam Navy vet. He turned 61 this year and an unemployed teacher with a masters degree.
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Old 05-28-2012, 07:44 AM
 
Location: Johnson City, Tn
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I seen a bunch of people complain about the age thing on the Facebook page. Both above and below the cutoffs. I have no clue as to how they came up with the number.
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Johnson City, Tn
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Stars and Stripes Article

"Since opening the application process two weeks ago, VA officials have received about 12,000 resumes from veterans. VA Undersecretary for Benefits Allison Hickey said nearly 80 percent of the applicants have been accepted into the program."

VA pleased with early response to Veterans Retraining Assistance Program - News - Stripes
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Old 06-01-2012, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Out West
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I just had a Vet Rep tell me about this earlier this week and I applied but did not qualify because underemployed is worse than unemployed when seeking assistance.

To be unemployed, you must not have a job at all. A very part time job will count against you. NO. JOB. at all. You must be available to work and you must be actively seeking work.

You will get $1400 a month for a year for going to school.

However, at one part of the year, it only goes to 30,000 or something people and in the later part of the year to 54,000 across the nation.

So, you are competing against a LOT of people and there is no guarantee you will get it.

Also be sure you have not received any Federal assistance in the past six months or you will not qualify.

It's like they put out a feel good program but don't want any vets to actually get it.
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Old 06-06-2012, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Johnson City, Tn
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It gets worse Three Wolves.. as some are finding out. Must be a Vocational School or a 2 year school... as in it cannot have even 1 Four Year Program. Online Schoolers are still without much info if they would get anything.

I think there are going to be questions from Higher up people (i.e. Congress) that someone in the VA is going to have to answer... or point a finger to someone else.

I am seeing that G.I. Bill students got their Spring Break BAH cut dramatically. Talking something like going from $1500 BAH to a $150 check... without notice and even that was paid late.

Man.... VA has some problems going on.
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Old 06-08-2012, 06:22 AM
JAQ
 
Location: East Bay, CA
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I seen a bunch of people complain about the age thing on the Facebook page. Both above and below the cutoffs. I have no clue as to how they came up with the number.
Logically, i'm sure they calculated the ages that are employed the most, so less money would be spent with VRAP.

But hey, i'm just a 25 year old unemployed OIF Vet that could use the extra help. But what do I know right? I was never asked if a program like this would help after my service.
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