Local Organizations Team Up To Help Veterans Get Back Into Workforce

By: Kara Duffy Email
By: Kara Duffy Email

Thomasville, GA- October 11, 2012

Local organizations are joining forces to help veterans find jobs.

The Georgia Department of Labor and Southwest Georgia Technical College hosted a workshop Thursday to inform veterans about the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program also known as VRAP.

VRAP is part of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act created in 2011, which gives financial assistance to unemployed veterans who want to go back to school to receive training in courses of study that will lead to a high demand occupation.

"Through the Department of Labor, we are trying to give the veterans another avenue to be able to get retrained and educated to then find another employment," said Sondra Crawford. a VA Certifying Official at SWGTC.

According to the United States Department Of Veterans Affairs, in order to qualify for VRAP, veterans must meet the following qualifications:

•Are at least 35 but no more than 60 years old
•Are unemployed on the date of application
•Received an other than dishonorable discharge
•Are 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)
•Are not in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability
•Are not enrolled in a federal or state job training program

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