Veterans job training slots fill up quickly

September 13, 2012
The Veterans Affairs Department announced Monday it has filled 36,000 of the 45,000 job training openings available in 2012 for unemployed veterans ages 35 to 60, and it expects to have every slot filled by Sept. 30.

An additional 55,000 openings will be available beginning Oct. 1, the start of fiscal 2013, for the Veterans’ Retaining Assistance Program, which provides up to 12 months of Montgomery GI Bill benefits while participants take vocational training classes aimed at helping them find work in high-demand occupations.

VA officials report that as of Friday, 51,565 people applied for the program and 36,741 were approved.

VRAP provides up to $1,473 a month in GI Bill benefits for those taking full-time courses to learn the skills necessary to land a job in one of more than 200 occupational fields projected by the Labor Department to have growth of at least 10,000 jobs over the next decade.

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