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Veterans Retraining Assistance Program
May 16, 2012

On November 21, 2011, President Obama signed the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 into law which established the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) in title II of Pub. L. 112-56. The VRAP directs the Veterans Administration in cooperation with the Department of Labor, to pay for up to 12 months of a retraining assistance in a “high demand” occupation for unemployed eligible veterans between the ages of 35 and 60 as determined by DOL and VA.

Applications will be accepted starting May 15, 2012. The program may enroll up to 45,000 veterans in Fiscal Year 2012, beginning July 1, 2012, and up to 54,000 Veterans from October 1, 2012 through October 1, 2013, with training payments concluding by March 31, 2014.

The workforce community is encouraged to get the word out about this positive program to put our Veterans back to work. The following VOW and VRAP resources are provided as to assist in outreach to veterans and employers interested in hiring our Heroes:

Department of Labor / VETS VRAP Press Release            Veterans Administration VRAP Press Release

General Information

Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment and Training Service VRAP Webpage
Veterans Administration VRAP Webpage
National Veterans' Training Institute

VRAP Benefits / VRAP Outreach / VRAP Occupations

eBenefits -- Veterans On-Line Application (VONAPP)
VRAP Listing of High-Demand Occupations
My Next Move for Veterans
Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) FAQ's
VA VRAP Double Sided Pamphlet
VA VRAP Print Ad
VA VRAP Half Page Ad

VRAP Employer-Oriented Material

Work Opportunity Tax Credits (WTOC) Flyer (last update May 10, 2012)
Special Employer Incentives (SEI) Flyer (last update May 14, 2012)
The Business Case for Hiring a Veteran (from Syracuse University)

Other Helpful Links (Policy, Guides, Resources and Tools)

America’s Heroes at Work
Archived Webinars on Veteran Services (NVTAC)
Competitive Grants to Assist Veterans
Compliance Assistance
Education and Training Resources
Employer Toolkit for Hiring Veterans
GI Bill Website
GI Bill (Questions and Answers)
GI Bill (Apply for Benefits
GI Bill (Choosing a School)
Gold Card for Veterans
Job Bank
Job Bank Widget
Job Corps Training for Veterans
Jobs for Veterans Act
Jobs for Veterans State Grants
Key to Career Success
Locate DVOPs and LVERs
Military to Civilian Occupation Translator
National Resource Directory
National Resource Directory Site Map
National Veterans Technical Assistance Center (NVTAC)
Priority of Service: Implementation Protocol
Questions and Answers on the GI Bill
State Resources for Veterans
TEGL 10-09: Implementing Priority of Service for Veterans and Eligible Spouses
TEN 15-10: Protocol for Implementing Priority of Service
TEN 43-11: Overview of the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program
Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Information
Transition Centers (All Branches)
Verification of Military Employment
Veteran Employment Data (Source: BLS
Veterans Administration: Catalog of Resources
Veterans' Preference Brochure
Veterans' Preference elawsAdvisor
Veterans Program Letter Directory (VETS)
Veterans Reemployment (CareerOneStop)
VETS Employment Assistance Map
VETS Staff Directory
VETS100-100A Federal Contract Reporting
VetSuccess in Transition (Map Driven Guide to Resources)
VetSuccess on Campus (Map Driven Guide to Resources)