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New Program Offers Education Benefits to Unemployed Veterans

Unemployed Veterans can apply now for up to a year of education benefits to pursue a program in a high-demand field, thanks to a new joint effort by the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and the Department of Labor (DOL). The program begins July 1.

The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program was one of the provisions in the VOW to Hire Heroes Act. The program is aimed at unemployed Veterans between the ages of 35 and 60. According to Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), two-thirds of unemployed Veterans are over 35.

This new joint VA – DOL program allows Veterans whose GI Bill benefits have expired to take advantage of them in order to learn a new skill or trade. Veterans who participate in the program also receive employment assistance from DOL.

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