DES unveils new benefits program for veterans | News
Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) will begin a new program geared toward helping unemployed veterans and potential employers, on July 1.
The new training assistance program, called the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), is also part of the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, which passed Congress last fall.
“DES is working diligently to ensure our veterans have access to all of the benefits available to them through the VOW to Hire Heroes Act,” said Director Clarence H. Carter. “Our military servicemen and women have done an incredible service to our country; it’s only right that we do our best to help them obtain the training needed to re-enter the workforce when they return home.”
VRAP offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans and also provides disabled veterans who have exhausted their unemployment benefits up to one year of additional VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment benefits.
DES’ Employment Administration has played an instrumental role in publicizing the new programs to unemployed veterans in Arizona, many of whom already receive services through the agency’s Division of Employment and Rehabilitation Services (DERS). Employees with the DERS Local Veterans Employment Representatives and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program are now screening veterans for eligibility and assisting with the application process.
In addition, information on the VRAP program is available at all One Stop Centers and DES Employee Assistance offices. DES staff members are also available to distribute informational materials at community events and to community based organizations, veterans’ services organizations and other partners.
More information on the program can be found on the VA website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/VOW/.
Arizona veterans who need assistance to apply for the benefits can contact a DES veterans' representative statewide at https://www.azdes.gov/main.aspx?menu=258&id=3656