The Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, provides seamless transition for Servicemembers, expands education and training opportunities for Veterans, and provides tax credits for employers who hire Veterans with service-connected disabilities. Servicemembers and veterans must apply before September 30, 2013 and the last payment must be made by March 31, 2014.
If you qualify, or know a servicemember or veteran who may qualify, act now before time runs out. If you dropped out of the program, please notify the Department of Veterans Affairs so that another veteran can benefit.
The law that enacted the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) was signed on November 21, 2011, giving up to 99,000 unemployed Veterans who do not have any VA educational benefits an additional 12 months of Montgomery GI Bill benefits ($1,564/month) for training towards a high demand occupation.
As of January 24, 2013, the VA received over 94,000 applications and approved over 77,000 certificates of eligibility but only 27,000 of those began to use their benefit.
- Please help to get the word out on this wonderful program; the VA continues to update information about the benefits on its website at www.benefits.va.gov/VOW.
- Please encourage those Veterans who have been accepted to use their benefit, or turn them in if they do not plan to use them.