The Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP), was enacted on March 11, 2021, and effective immediately.
VRRAP is part of the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package, with aid targeted to assist individuals and businesses recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
To be eligible for VRRAP, a veteran must meet the following criteria:
At least 22 years of age and less than 67 years of age
Unemployed due to COVID-19 pandemic
Not eligible for GI Bill or VR&E benefits
Not enrolled in a Federal or State jobs program
Not receiving VA disability compensation because you are unable to work
Not receiving unemployment compensation including enhanced benefits under the CARES Act
Eligible veterans participating in VRRAP receive up to 12 months of tuition and fees and a monthly housing allowance based on Post-9/11 GI Bill rates. VA will announce additional details on how veterans can apply to participate in VRRAP soon.
Any GI Bill beneficiaries who require assistance can contact the Education Call Center at 888-442-4551 between 8am-7pm (Eastern Time), Monday - Friday to speak with a representative.
VA in partnership with the Department of Labor published a list of high-demand occupations and includes healthcare, education, media, engineering, and high tech opportunities.
Learn more about VRRAP here.