New Program Launched to Send Older Vets To College

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Officials at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced Tuesday that more than 27,000 unemployed veterans have already applied for a new version of the G.I. Bill. The so-called Veteran Retraining Assistance Program allows jobless veterans between the ages of 35 and 60 to receive up to 12 months of college education.

Simply put, the new program allows pre-9/11 veterans to qualify for as much as $17,600 for education and training.

The program, which officially began July 1, is limited to 45,000 vets this year and 54,000 vets in 2013.

In particular VRAP is designed to help unemployed men and women who have worn a uniform to obtain education that is required for higher-demand jobs, including management, computer sciences, and jobs in the legal profession.