The Veterans Rapid Retraining Assistance Program, or VRRAP for short, is a time-limited program that expires before the end of 2022. Even though veteran unemployment remained low at less than 3% for a second month, it there are still veterans who lost their jobs due to or during the pandemic and have not found suitable employment since. If you are one of them, consider enrolling in this program and learning new skills for a more stable, well-paying line of work in a field where there is more demand than people for them. to fill in.
To be eligible for the retraining program, veterans must meet everything of these five requirements:
- Be at least 22 years old, but no older than 60, and
- Unemployed due to the pandemic, and
- Not classified as totally disabled and unable to work, and
- Not enrolled in other federal or state employment or training programs, and
- No GI Bill education benefits to use
5 reasons to register for the VRRAP
If you meet the above requirements, but are still unsure if VRRAP is right for you, consider these five reasons to get into the program while you still can.
1. Train for the future
The Ministry of Labor has defined more than 200 jobs which are high demand occupations waiting to be filled by trained people. And the demand for these jobs is expected to remain high for the foreseeable future. The skills learned in a VRRAP training course can qualify you for one of those jobs that pay well and have a stable future, both of which are important in this chaotic world we live in.
2. Enjoy more education benefits
Many unemployed veterans have already exhausted their GI Bill education benefits and because they are unemployed they do not have the funds to pay for a refresher course themselves. While this may sound negative, it actually works in their favor as it is one of the eligibility requirements – there are no more GI Bill education benefits left to use.
3. Make a career change in your life
Some veterans who are still unemployed may want to redirect their careers and do something different. Getting into one of the high demand jobs on the list is not only a change in the job you will be doing, but all of them pay very well. Having a steady income to support your family can be life-changing…especially if you’ve been struggling since losing your job due to the pandemic.
4. Get paid while training
Not only does VRRAP pay up to 12 months of tuition for training, but you also receive a monthly housing allowance (MHA) during the program. The MHA reflects the same pay rate used in the Post 9/11 GI Bill, so the amount you receive each month is based on the training center zip code.
Part-time students receive an amount pro rata to their training status (¾ time, ½ time, etc.). Full-time students taking online programs receive a flat rate of $900.50 per month, half the national average MHA rate – same as online-only students using the Post 9/11 GI Bill .
5. Register before it’s too late
The VRRAP is a time-limited training program that must expire once one of these three conditions is met:
- Program expiration date is December 11, 2022
- Once enrollment reaches 17,250 students
- Once the $386 million budget is exhausted
At this time, the program is still accepting applications, but best be aware that the VRRAP will end within 6 months…maybe sooner if participant or budget target points are met sooner. This may be one of your last chances to take part in this life-changing veteran training opportunity!