More benefits set for veterans

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton County Veterans Service Agency has released more information on veterans benefits available from new federal government funding.

Agency Director Daniel Engel issued a news release noting the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021, enacted March 11 provides $386 million to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to initiate a COVID–19 Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP), providing training and employment assistance for unemployed veterans to enter high demand occupations.

The new program allows qualifying Veterans to receive up to 12 months of tuition, fee, and monthly housing allowance payments, based on post-9/11 GI Bill benefits.

To qualify Veterans must meet the following criteria: At least 22 years of age and less than 67 years of age, unemployed due to COVID-19 pandemic, not eligible for GI Bill or VR&E benefits, not enrolled in a federal or state jobs program, not receiving VA disability compensation because you are unable to work, not receiving unemployment compensation including enhanced benefits under the CARES Act.

The program ends 21 months after enactment and is limited to a maximum of 17,250 participants.

The release says unemployed veterans can receive up to 12 months of tuition, fee, and monthly housing allowance payments to receive training and employment assistance for high demand occupations.

VRRAP is a new program and is effective March 11. The VA will have additional details on the application process shortly.

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