VRAP will begin accepting applications May 15th, 2012 and the program will begin honoring those applications July 1, 2012.
Because there is a dedicated number of recipients, the Fiscal year 2012 is allocating 45,000, it would behoove those who are desiring access to submit their application May15th, 2012 and NOT wait for July 1st, 2012.
That of course if you understand what VRAP is and what it is attempting to do.
In a recent email I was given information and these instructions for immediate release:——–
In an effort to reduce Veteran unemployment, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, was passed and signed into law last November. Included in this new law is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) for unemployed 35 to 60 year old Veterans, which will begin on July 1, 2012 – we will begin accepting applications on May 15, 2012.
VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to 99,000 unemployed Veterans who are at least 35 years old but no older than 60. Eligible participants will receive up to 12 months of training assistance at the full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty program (currently $1,473 per month). DOL will offer employment assistance to every Veteran who participates or applies to the VRAP program. You can learn more about VRAP at http://benefits.va.gov/vow/education.htm.
You will be prompted to provide us your first name, last name, and email address. Once submitted you can expect to receive six to seven emails about VRAP, including notification on when applications open.
If you have any technical problems with the link or the image please email us at 225D.VBACO@VA.GOV for support. Detailed information on VOW and VRAP is also available at http://www.benefits.va.gov/VOW.
As with all government and military paper work I strongly recommend that you make triplicate copies, that means three of each, of all forms filled out and keep a separate email file for all correspondence and a separate tangible paper file with all paperwork.
The data provided states the applicant can expect “six to seven” emails during this process. Therefore you are warned and it would benefit anyone applying to dedicate a “folder” in the email provider you are using just for VRAP.
I also suggest an old fashioned technique of taking notes and being organized.
Take a tablet of paper, any size, legal is handy and cheap, then dedicating that tablet, whatever you have, buy, hijack from your child…to all personal handwritten notes. In the far left column that is pre inked in most spirals and tablets of paper; write the date of the note.
Leave several empty lines in-between notes to provide a clear separation of your entries. This is in case your notes are viewed by another and thus you will provide an organized sequence of your activities.
If you have a conversation with a human at the VA about the program, write the person’s name, the number you called or the number that called you, the time the call began and ended, and a summary of the conversation. If reference numbers are provided include in that day’s entry.
Place this notepad in the tangible file or manila envelope you are utilizing for your VRAP correspondence keeping everything in one concise location.
It is more effective, efficient and much easier to throw away copies and tablets or delete emails then it is to regenerate your work or attempt to recall an event from memory two months later.
In case there is a glitch, and with the government we know that is a possibility, you will be prepared to provide an accounting of your efforts and that could be the difference between receiving the benefit this year or next, or not at all.
This post was written by Jade Hunter.