Vets Who Lost Jobs During Pandemic to Receive Education, Job Training

Vets Who Lost Jobs During Pandemic to Receive Education, Job Training

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic economic relief fund, unemployed veterans can receive education and training for high-demand jobs in fields that include healthcare and engineering. In addition to tuition and fees, veterans participating in the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP) will receive a monthly housing allowance based on the Post-9/11 GI Bill rates.

Veterans must meet the following criteria to qualify for benefits:

  • Must be at least 22 years of age, but no older than 67 years old.

  • There are many people who have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic who have been approved to participate.

In March 2021, President Biden signed into law the $1.9 trillion Coronavirus economic relief package. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) received about $17 billion in response to the pandemic, and VRRAP received $386 million of this.

In April of this year, when the American Rescue Plan was signed into law by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough, he praised its provisions for caring for the nation's veterans. During our nation's fight against this health crisis, many veterans have lost their jobs, closed their businesses, homeschooled their children and faced uncertain prospects.

Aside from VRRAP, Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC) is a five-year pilot program outlined to assist eligible veterans in attaining purposeful employment in the technology industry sector, which is in high demand.

Eligible veterans in the VET TEC program are matched with training providers who can offer them high-tech training and skills development. These include information science, computer software, data processing, and data analysis. During the veteran's training, the program utilizes an employer consortium to assist them in finding employment as soon as they complete the program.

For more information on these programs and eligibility requirements, please visit VRRAP and the VET TEC website.