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Veterans Receive Job Training, Education

Veterans Receive Job Training, Education

Good news for veterans right around the 4th of July! A new governmental program that pays for up to a year of higher education for military veterans has become a huge success since it was enacted just seven weeks ago, on May 15th. To date, nearly 30,000 veterans have applied for the program.

The Veteran Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), provides funding for “up to a year of education toward an associate degree or non-college degree or certificate,” such as a professional license or training in a trade (Kansas City Star). The program has a maximum of 45,000 slots for this fiscal year and is overseen by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

Some veterans, such as those who have recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, do not qualify for this program because they are eligible for other forms of relief. VRAP is intended to assist veterans of all ages and eras, including many who have had trouble maintaining steady employment for years.

Veterans are at a higher risk for many issues, one of which is unemployment. Mental health issues and suicide rates are also higher among veterans than in the general population. One of the main reasons for these elevated risks is the lack of support that many veterans face.

Chester Dixon, a recent applicant, believes that the assistance provided by VRAP could help him support his wife, who has brought in most of their income for the past several years. “I stay positive because I need to be,” Dixon said. “You have to continue to search and not give up.”

This program and others, such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill, are government responses to criticism of our country’s support of veterans. It’s good to see that VRAP is already having such a positive response, and hopefully this is only the beginning of increased support for our country’s heroes.

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4:44AM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

That was long overdue! So much more needs to be done for them!

12:41PM PDT on Jul 8, 2012

And so they should! They have fought in a phony (war) sorry oops...invasion and then onto another war. They should be honoured and respected for all their contributions.

More power to them!

9:15AM PDT on Jul 7, 2012

It is good that something is being done to help our Vets. It is not enough, but it is a start.

10:28AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

YES, it's always good news to hear when we are doing things to support OUR veterans. Thx for the article Anna.

7:58AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

They might get Training,,but how many will get a job ??

7:52AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

It's about time we started providing for our returning veterans. They have given so much for their country only to be ignored after their service was completed for way too long.

7:09AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012


7:03AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

I think this is a wonderful step toward assisting Vets who've been left behind. As designed, it's to help those who are several years removed from service, yet still face economic challenges. Hopefully it will grow so that no Vet goes unserved.

6:56AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

It's a small start

6:28AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Apparently the program's capacity is far smaller than the need if two-thirds was taken within days of inception...

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