Veterans Retaining Assistance Program:
Unemployed veterans between 35 and 60 years old have an opportunity to begin a new career in one of more than 211 high-demand occupations by applying for enrollment in the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). VRAP offers up to 12 months of educational assistance to veterans enrolled in a VA-approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school. Eligible VRAP applicants must be unemployed at the time of application and have other than dishonorable discharges, among other requirements. For more information, visit Military.com’s Vow to Hire Heroes Act 2011 — Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) factsheet.
Healthcare Job Training:
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is devoting $2.3 million to helping train new physician assistants, focusing on veterans who want civilian jobs in healthcare. The grants, awarded to 12 institutions, support educational programs that train PAs to practice in primary care settings, and help individuals who will teach primary care in PA training programs, preparing trainees to enter practice in primary care settings. A listing of the grants is available on the Health and Human Services website.
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