Dori Barron, Coordinator & VA Certifying Official
College programs are approved by the North Carolina State Approving Agency for educating and training veterans, dependents of deceased or disabled veterans, and members of the Selected Reserve under Title 38 of the United States Code. Information and assistance regarding these benefits may be obtained from the Coordinator for Scholarships and Veterans Affairs Office on campus or from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. G.I. Bill monthly rates are based on the recipient’s period of service, curriculum, and training load. A list of current rates for each program is maintained in the Coordinator for Scholarships and Veterans Affairs office.
New VA Benefit Program for Unemployed Veterans
In an effort to reduce Veteran unemployment, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 was passed and signed into law last November. Included in this new law is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) for unemployed 35 to 60 year old Veterans, which will begin on July 1, 2012 - the VA will begin accepting applications on May 15, 2012.
VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to 99,000 unemployed Veterans who are at least 35 years old but no older than 60. Eligible participants will receive up to 12 months of training assistance at the full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty program (currently $1,473 per month). DOL will offer employment assistance to every Veteran who participates or applies to the VRAP program. Click here to learn more about VRAP. (http://benefits.va.gov/vow/education.htm)
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Western Piedmont Community College
1001 Burkemont Avenue
Morganton, NC 28655