Thousands of veterans who lost their jobs because of COVID-related challenges can now apply to be part of a new rapid retraining program designed to prepare them for new careers in high-demand specialties.
The benefit, which is open to about 17,000 veterans, is targeted at those who have already exhausted other job-training opportunities but still find themselves without stable employment because of coronavirus closures, layoffs or health complications.
The program was included in the last coronavirus relief package approved by Congress. The measure was signed into law on March 11, but applications to the new Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program were delayed until May 3, as Veterans Affairs officials worked to stand up the program.
VA leaders said they coordinated with the Department of Labor on the work, which included identifying high-demand occupations across the country and establishing new guidelines for schools who wish to participate.
VRRAP officials have identified more than 200 high-demand occupations for veterans to consider, including architecture and engineering