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Is Vrap Going To Be Extended?

April 2, 2013 2:53 am

Is Vrap Going To Be Extended?

 

There are alot of people asking Is Vrap Going To Be Extended?  There is also a lot of misconception about Vrap and the required April start date of class.

You may ask yourself “if i don’t start class in April will I lose vrap?”  The answer is no,  you will simply just lose one month.

Is Vrap Going To Be ExtendedThat is not bad considering that most programs are under 12 months and some colleges like American College of Technology have a scholarship program in place to keep you attending with no problems.

With all the rumors in place, we have tried to compose a list of facts, times, dates and links to credible sources to help answer the question, Is Vrap Going To Be Extended?

At the end of the day, we are most likely to have the latest information available, use the chat below on the right to talk with someone.

We anticipate there will be an extension in place for at least a few months to allow the more than 50,000 veterans who have signed up but have not used it yet. According to a web poll, 79% of voters thought the bill should be passed.

Another question raised was, “if a veteran that is approved does not sign up for VRAP, will they lose their approval to another veteran applying?”

We don’t know the answer to the question but i think that would be a fair thing. VRAP has been in place since July of last year, there are several options out there for veterans, if you have not found a local school, take a look at ACOT.edu for approved online programs.

VRAP Facts and help with VRAP questions – Live Chat
www.acot.edu/is vrap going to be extended

Feb 2013 article. Chairman Jeff Miller of Florida proposes 3 month extension to April 2014.
http://veterans.house.gov/press-release/miller-aims-to-extend-veterans-retraining-program-through-june-2014

View the latest approval number for VRAP, also view the latest number of veterans who have started training.
http://benefits.va.gov/vow/education.htm

Another article about Florida chairman’s proposal
http://www.armytimes.com/news/2013/02/Is-Vrap-Going-To-Be Extended

Latest update on VRAP – Submitted to house committee on February 22 2013
http://www.ausn.org/Advocacy/AdvocacyNewsInformation/tabid/2153/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/23062/Veterans-Retraining-Assistance-Program-VRAP-Extension-Act-of-2013.aspx

Track the VRAP Bill – http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr562

 

 

 

 

 

Detailed text on the VRAP Bill:

HR 562 IH

113th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 562
To provide for a three-month extension of the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 6, 2013
Mr. MILLER of Florida introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs


A BILL
To provide for a three-month extension of the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ‘VRAP Extension Act of 2013’.

SEC. 2. THREE-MONTH EXTENSION OF VETERANS RETRAINING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.

(a) Extension- Section 211 of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 (Public Law 112-56; 125 Stat. 713; 38 U.S.C. 4100 note) is amended–

(1) in subsection (a)(2)(B), by striking ‘March 31, 2014’ and inserting ‘June 30, 2014’; and

(2) in subsection (k), by striking ‘March 31, 2014’ and inserting ‘June 30, 2014’.

(b) Interim Report-

(1) REPORT REQUIRED- Not later than 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in collaboration with the Secretary of Labor, shall submit to the appropriate committees of Congress an interim report on the retraining assistance provided under section 211 of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 (Public Law 112-56; 125 Stat. 713; 38 U.S.C. 4100 note).

(2) ELEMENTS- The report required by paragraph (1) shall include the following:

(A) The total number of–

(i) eligible veterans who have participated in the program established under such section as of the date of the enactment of this Act; and

(ii) associates degrees or certificates awarded (or other similar evidence of the completion of the program of education or training earned) to veterans participating in the program established under such section as of such date.

(B) Data related to the employment status of eligible veterans who participated in such program.

 
By Lute Atieh
 

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