PICTURED ABOVE: Army veteran Chester Dixon, right, works with William Moore, Georgia Department of Labor veterans representative, to apply for a a new skills-based program to get out-of-work veterans trained and back in the job market in Atlanta.
Unemployed veterans may be heading back to school in mass under a federal program to get out-of-work veterans trained and back in the job market.
Officials at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs say there has been an enormous response to a new skills-based program that pays for up to a year of education toward an associate degree or a non-college-degree or certificate.
In fewer than seven weeks since the VA began accepting applications for the Veteran Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), 27,080 unemployed veterans have applied. That’s more than half the maximum amount the VRAP program will allow in its first year, VA spokesman Randal Noller said this week.
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