The Veterans Educational Benefits session at the 2014 NASFAA Conference offered some useful information to the audience of predominantly VA Certifying Officials. Some highlights from the session include:
Many had never heard of the Chapter 36 program. Chapter 36 is designed to provide professional, educational, vocational, and career counseling services to servicemembers, veterans, and dependents. This free benefit is available to servicemembers within six months of anticipated discharge; veterans within one year following discharge from active duty; any servicemember or veteran currently eligible for a VA education benefit; and all current VA education beneficiaries. Information is also available at www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/edu_voc_counseling.asp.
VRAP was a component of the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. The program provided up to a year of training and educational assistance to unemployed veterans who fit certain criteria. The program ended on March 31, 2014, per the statute. The Department of Veterans Affairs successfully issued lump sum payments to program recipients that covered training completed on or after April 1, 2014, through the end of the current enrollment period or June 30, 2014; whichever came first.
Publication Date: 7/14/2014