VA, DOL to Offer Paid Training for Older Veterans
In a bid to assist unemployed veterans who are no longer eligible for education and training programs, the Labor and Veterans Affairs departments are offering up to 12 months of paid training to veterans aged 35 to 60.
“They may have had entitlement to education benefits at one time, but have either used them or the time frame to use them has passed,” Curtis Coy, the VA’s deputy undersecretary for economic opportunity, told American Forces Press Service. “This generous new benefit geared toward this specific cohort of veterans provides them the opportunity to jump start a new career that they may not have otherwise been able to afford.”
Of about 900,000 veterans who are unemployed, nearly two-thirds are between 35 and 60 years old, according to the Labor Department.
The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program provides 12 months of training assistance to unemployed veterans enrolled in a community college or technical school program approved for VA benefits. Students are required to pursue programs that lead to employment in one of 210 occupations the Labor Department designates as high-demand, including construction, machine operation, transportation, preschool education, health care and many other fields.