New Veterans Program

A new program is helping veterans get back on their feet. The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) is offering unemployed veterans federal funding.

The Veteran Administration (VA) is helping unemployed veterans learn a new skill. Tim Shatto, Texas Veterans Commission Employment Rep, said, "they are getting skills to be more marketable to the employers that are in the area." Shatto added, "Now the VA is saying thank you for your service and giving you an opportunity that you can benefit from."

Any unemployed vet can benefit greatly from the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program. Shatto said the VRAP Program helps veterans between the ages of 35 to 60. They have to be unemployed and not already receiving any federal funding. He said vets who are eligible for the program will receive $1,473 a month.

"They can receive up to 12 months for retraining assistance, whether that's through a professional program or finishing up a college degree."

Shatto also said this is the first year for the VRAP Program so the program is limited to only assisting 45,000 veterans nationwide. Shatto encourages all eligible vets to take advantage of the help.

Texas Veterans Commission representatives said the number of veterans the VRAP Program serves will grow October 1st, to 54,000.

Eligible veterans wanting to apply for the VRAP Program can head to the Veteran Administration website to fill out or download an application. Any veteran needing further assistance can call Texas Workforce Solutions North Texas at (940) 322-1801 X: 127.

Natalie Garcia,  Newschannel 6