A new federal program aims to retrain 99,000 unemployed veterans for high-demand jobs and will cover the education costs for up to one year.
Through a joint U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Department of Labor program, veterans seeking work between the ages of 35 and 60 can now apply for benefits to cover their education costs for up to one year.
As part of a provision in the Veterans Opportunity to Work to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, the Veteran Retraining Assistance Program allows qualifying veterans to receive up to 12 months of assistance, or $1,473 per month.
Veterans can apply on a first-come, first-serve basis for programs starting on or after July 1. Assistance under the program ends March 31, 2014.
To complete an application, veterans would need to know their bank routing number and account number for direct deposits, the name and location of their school, the program of study and the applicable high-demand occupation.
Upon completion, the Labor Department will reach participants within 30 days after their training to help them find jobs using their new skills.
For more information on the 210 listed high-demand occupations and how to apply for the program, veterans can visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/VOW or call VA’s call centers at (800) 827-1000. Veterans can also access the application online at https://www.ebenefits.va.gov.