VARP program offered to veterans
A new federal program intended to help train and return Alaska’s veterans to the workforce was announced recently by the Alaska Office of Veterans Affairs.
The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) offers education benefits to eligible veterans ages 35-60 and takes effect July 1.
VRAP is available for those veterans who are: at least age 35 but no older than 60 years old, unemployed, discharged other than dishonorable, ineligible for other VA education benefits or in receipt of VA compensation because of unemployability and not enrolled in a federal or state job training program
VRAP will pay 12 months of payments equivalent to the prevailing Montgomery GI Bill monthly rate for eligible veterans enrolled in an approved program of study. The Department of Labor will provide employment assistance to every veteran who participates, upon completion of the program.
VRAP is just one section of the comprehensive “VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011” signed into law November 2011 by President Barack Obama, aimed at ending veteran unemployment. The program is available to 45,000 participants nationwide from July 1 to Sept. 30, and 54,000 participants from Oct. 1 to March 31, 2014.
The point of contact for the State of Alaska Office of Veterans Affairs is Mercedes Angerman, 907-428-6513.