Disabled National Veterans Foundation Offers Counsel to Older Veterans About New Job Training Benefits Provided Through the VOW to Hire Heroes Act

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The Disabled Veterans National Foundation(DVNF) is offering advice to older veterans who may benefit from a provision in the VOW To Hire Heroes Act that allows them to re-enter with the Montgomery G.I. Bill benefit program for job training leading to work in a high demand field.

Under the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), veterans who are ages 35 to 60, unemployed, and not eligible for other VA education benefits, can receive 12 months of job training in fields that are expanding and hiring. The program launches July 1 to provide retraining for older veterans hardest hit by current economic conditions.

“The retraining assistance program has the power to transform the lives of tens of thousands of veterans,” said Raegan Rivers, Chief Administrative Officer of DVNF. “This is an outstanding benefit of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, and employment counselors at DVNF are available to help veterans determine if they are eligible and assist them with the application process.”

The program is limited to 45,000 participants during fiscal year 2012, and to 54,000 participants from October 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014. Participants may receive up to 12 months of assistance at the full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty program, which currently is $1,473 per month. Applications will be submitted through the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Department of Veteran Affairs will pay the benefits.

The labor department, along with DVNF, will provide employment assistance to veterans upon completion of their training program.

To be eligible, veterans must be least 35 but no more than 60 years old, unemployed as determined by the labor department, have other than an dishonorable discharge, not be eligible for other VA education benefit programs, not receive VA compensation due to un-employability, and not be enrolled in a federal or state job training program.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for many mature veterans to go back to school at a community college or technical school and receive training, along with a degree or certification, in a high-demand occupation,” said Rivers.

About Disabled Veterans National Foundation: DVNF exists to change the lives of men and women who came home wounded or sick after defending our safety and freedom. A non-profit 501(c)(3), DVNF was founded in the fall of 2007 by six women veterans to expand their scope of work within the veteran's community. For more information, visit http://www.dvnf.org.

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