Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)For Older Vets Is Pure Goldby Michael Patrick Brewer on Jun. 18, 2012, under Veterans Worldwide
Now this is the kind of problem solving that makes America great. It is the mature and middle aged men and women that are in dire need of training and retooling as much as youth. With the number of jobs that were exported to foreign soils in the past 10 years, few if any that are returning, our only hope for a viable job market is to create one. We have the talent and equipment to launch a 4th Wave Industrial Revolution in clean energy and medical technology. And the Veterans Administration is helping further this vision of an America that mends itself.
Yes there is good news out there. Unfortunately is not carried in the satchels of Presidential candidates who thrive on being nabobs of negativity.
Take a sabbatical from Cable TV news. Wake up every day and ask not what your opinion will be for that day, but what your offering will be.
Can you imagine the kind of workforce we could show to the world if all the money funneled to mind-washing and gerrymandering, provided by the Citizens United decision, were to go to job training?
Between now and next Fathers Day, lets focus on fathering a nation not opining a nation.
By Art Sloane
Special for the Arizona Republic
The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) GI Bill offers up to 12 months of Montgomery GI Bill benefits for older unemployed veterans.
Unemployed veterans between the age of 35 and 60 may apply for education benefits worth as much as $17,600 ($1,473 a month). This new GI Bill program was created as a part of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
To be eligible for the VRAP GI Bill, you must be at least 35 but no more than 60 years old and unemployed as determined by Department of Labor. You also must not have a dishonorable discharge, be eligible for any other VA education benefit program, be drawing VA compensation due to being unemployed and be enrolled in a federal or state job training program.
Information: www.benefits.va.gov/VOW or 1-800-827-1000.