Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)

Congress passed, and the President has signed into law, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. Included in this new law is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). VRAP offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans.

The VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to Veterans who:

  • Are at least 35 but no more than 60 years old
  • Are unemployed on the date of application
  • 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

The program is limited to 45,000 participants from July 1, 2012, through September 30, 2012, and 54,000 participants from October 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014. Participants must attend full-time in order to receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty program ($1,564 effective October 1, 2012). DOL will offer employment assistance to every Veteran who participates upon completion of the program.

This program will end on 30 Sep 13.

For more information go to: http://benefits.va.gov/vow/education.htm

ACE’s Online Military Guide to Credit Recommendations Has Enhanced Search Capabilities, New Look

ACE’s Military Guide has a revamped search function and an updated look, making it easier to locate and review the thousands of courses the Council has evaluated and recommended for college credit since 1954.

The Military Guide is the sole source of information for all military courses and occupations evaluated by ACE, which makes credit recommendations based on reviews conducted by college and university faculty members actively teaching in the areas under consideration. “ACE’s Military Guide has a whole new look and feel to it, designed to make it easier for service members, student veterans, institutions and employers alike to locate the military courses and occupations ACE has recommended for college credit,” said Michele Spires, ACE’s director of military programs.

The fastest way to search for military courses and military occupations from a service member’s or veteran’s transcript is to use a course’s ACE identification number, which can be found on the military transcripts that each branch of the service issues. But two other search functions can be used to search for courses or occupations if the ACE identification number is not known.

There also is a Frequently Asked Questions section that service members and veterans, higher education institutions and civilian employers will find helpful.

Learn more about College Credit for Military Service HERE.