If you’re not familiar with the acronyms VOW and VRAP, maybe you should be.
VOW stands for the Veterans Opportunity to Work or VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 while VRAP is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program. Both aim to offer military servicemembers a seamless transition into the workplace.
VOW expands education and training opportunities for Veterans and provides tax credits for employers who hire Veterans with service-connected disabilities.
VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to 99,000 unemployed Veterans who are at least 35 years old but no older than 60. Eligible participants may receive up to 12 months of training assistance at the full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty program (current $1,564 per month). The Department of Labor will offer employment assistance to every Veteran who participates in the VRAP program. So far over 65,000 applications for the program have been received.
Detailed information on VOW and VRAP is available at http://www.benefits.va.gov/VOW/index.htm .