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Program Launched To Help Unemployed Veterans
Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Web Producer: Darrah Wilcox
Reported: Jun. 13, 2012 5:15 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 13, 2012 5:47 PM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
If you're an unemployed veteran looking for a job, the government is stepping in to help.
The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program will offer up to 12 months months of training assistance to unemployed vets. You need to be between 35 and 60 years old, and not be eligible for another VA education benefit program. Mountwest Community and Technical College has dozens of programs that fit the national program that you can take advantage of locally.
MCTC military programs coordinator Cory Payne says, "With all the layoffs that are happening around the state especially in coal mining, this is the perfect opportunity for them to get retrained and employable in another area of expertise."
Act fast, because the program is limited to 45,000 participants from July 1, 2012, through September 30, 2012, and 54,000 participants from October 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014.
You can get up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty program. DOL says it will offer employment assistance to every veteran who participates upon completion of the program. Also, participants have to be enrolled in a VA approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school. The program must lead to an associate degree, non-college degree, or a certificate.
To find out more, you can call or email Payne at 304-399-1279 or email@example.com
or check out http://benefits.va.gov/vow/education.htm
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