Veterans Retraining Assistance Program

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May 24, 2012 — 2,089 views  
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The men and women who serve the United States as members of the armed forces do this country a great service, but they often have difficulty finding employment when they return from active duty abroad. That discrepancy was intended to be remedied by the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, which provides incentives to small businesses that give veterans employment.

Another important component of the legislation is the establishment of the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, which offers retraining to people who have recently been discharged. It will go into effect on July 1, 2012, and there are a number of important requirements that applicants must meet to participate. To take part, the following must be true for eligiblity to be possible:


1. Veterans eligible for this program must be currently unemployed.

2. The appropriate age range is older than 35 years of age and younger than 60.


3. Those who have been dishonorably discharged cannot participate.


4. Additionally, those eligible for other Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) educational benefits - such as the Post 9/11 Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill, or the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Bill - cannot apply for the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program.


5. Finally, participants in this initiative must not be enrolled in any other job retraining program overseen by a federal or state government.

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