On Jan. 25, 2013, the VA announced the award of over 30 grants totaling more than $2 million to VA facilities for projects that will improve emergency health care services for women veterans, expand women's health education programs for VA staff, and offer tele-health programs to female veterans in rural areas. To learn more about this information or VA programs and services for women veterans, go to www.va.gov/womenvet and www.womenshealth.va.gov.
According to the VA over 94,00 veterans have applied for Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) for education benefits. To date, the VA has approved over 77,000 Certificates of Eligibility. However, just over 27,000 of those eligible veterans have begun using their benefit. The VA is encouraging veterans to finish the process and get enrolled in eligible education programs as soon as possible. There are a total of 99,000 slots and the VA does not want any slots to go unused.
The program is only two years old and by law the VA can only accept applications until Sept. 30, 2013, and the last payment can be made through March 31, 2014. VRAP participants who do not enroll in school by March of this year, 2013, will not be able to receive a full 12 months of training. VRAP participants are being warned that they must apply and begin using their benefits as soon as feasible, or notify the VA to cancel their Certificate of Eligibility to make room for other veterans to use the benefit. For more information visit www.acot.edu/vrap.
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