Wed., July 4, 2012 8:54am (EDT)

Thousands Of Veterans Seek Retraining
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Officials at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said out-of-work veterans can get back in the job market in high demand fields like health care, management and legal services through a program called the Veteran Retraining Assistance Program. Response to the program has been enormous so far, officials said. (Photo Courtesy of igoghost via stock.xchng.)
Officials at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said out-of-work veterans can get back in the job market in high demand fields like health care, management and legal services through a program called the Veteran Retraining Assistance Program. Response to the program has been enormous so far, officials said. (Photo Courtesy of igoghost via stock.xchng.)
Unemployed veterans might be heading back to school by the thousands under a new federal program that pays for up to a year of education.

Officials at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs said out-of-work veterans can get back in the job market in high demand fields like health care, management and legal services.

So far, there has been an enormous response to the program called the Veteran Retraining Assistance Program.

More than 27,000 unemployed veterans have applied and 13,083 already have been accepted.

The program is first-come, first-serve for qualifying veterans between the ages of 35 and 60 who are unemployed at the time of the application.

Veterans who are currently receiving unemployment benefits or enrolled in a federal or state job training program do not qualify.