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Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) FAQ

With the deadline to join the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program fast approaching, we thought we'd share some of the helpful FAQs from the VRAP site to help our veteran readers that may be unsure if the program is right for them. Be sure to visit the VRAP page for complete information -- and apply before September 30th!

Who can use VRAP?

To qualify, a Veteran must:

  • Be at least 35 and no more than 60 
  • Be unemployed 
  • Have an other than dishonorable discharge 
  • Not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g., the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance) 
  • Not be in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployab

What can I use the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program for? 

Participants must enroll in a program approved for VA benefits offered by a Community College or Technical School. The program must lead to an Associate Degree, Non-College Degree, or a Certificate and train you in a high demand occupation.

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Veterans Affairs Services: Transition GPS

In August 2011, President Obama visited the Washington Navy Yard and directed the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to lead a task force to develop the first major redesign of the military’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP) in over 20 years.  Prior to the President’s announcement, TAP consisted of pre-separation counseling and a voluntary, three-day workshop from the Departments of Labor, Defense, and Veterans Affairs that was presented at selected military installations nationwide, and attended by nearly half of the service members who separated from the services each year.

In his remarks to the VFW, the President announced the launch of a revamped transition program, which will help our separating service members successfully transition to the civilian workforce, start a business, or pursue training or higher education.  This new transition program, entitled Transition GPS, will:


  • Extend the transition program period from 3 days to 5-7 days.
  • Strengthen, standardize, and expand counseling and guidance for service members before leaving the military.
  • Transform the military’s approach to education, training, and credentialing for service members. 

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Top Resources for Veterans:

One of the best places to go (besides, of course!) for military to civilian transition information and resources is the Department of Defense's Transition Assistance Program Site,

We visited the site recently and were excited to see a series of upcoming online education events covering a broad range of topics. What's coming up...

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