Congress has passed, and the president has signed into law, the VOW To Hire Hero’s Act of 2011. Included in the law is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) for unemployed veterans. This new program is set to roll out on July 1st, 2012 and will provide retraining for the veterans hit hardest with the current economic conditions.

The VRAP is offering 12 months of training assistance to unemployed veterans and 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.

Participants must be enrolled in a VA approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school. To see the rules, regulations and guidelines for this Act, please go to the US Department of Veterans Affairs or the Department of Labor.