The American Veterans Alliance highlights Governor Malloy’s announcement that he has signed an executive order streamlining the process for veterans of the looking to get occupational certifications and licenses, and simplifying the process for awarding college credit to veterans for military education.
According to Governor Malloy and reported on the StamfordPlus website, “Connecticut has nearly a quarter of a million military veterans residing in our state and another 9,000 residents currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. These are people with special training, skills, and education who, upon returning to civilian life, are ready, willing and more than qualified to enter our workforce,” Governor Malloy said. “We must make it as easy as possible for these accomplished men and women to apply their skills to the goals they seek to accomplish after having served in our military so admirably.”
For additional information on how the government of Connecticut is serving America’s military veterans, visit veterans.ct.gov.
If you are an unemployed veteran looking to increase or adapt your skills and training so you and re-enter the workforce, the Veteran’s Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) may be for you. As a part of the administration’s efforts to decrease the number of unemployed veterans, the VRAP program enters its second year.
According to the Veterans Administration, as part of the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, qualifying Veterans can receive up to 12 months of education assistance equal to the current full-time Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty rate, which increases to $1546 on October 1, 2012.
If you are unsure if you qualify or if you need help completing your application, be sure to contact the AVA.
There are several factors that qualify you for participation:
- The VRAP program covers 1 year (12 months) of re-training.
- You must be unemployed as of the date of your application.
- You must have received an other than dishonorable discharge from service.
- You cannot be eligible for any other VA educational benefit program (for example, the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance).
- You are currently not receiving VA compensation for unemployability.
- You are not enrolled in another state or federal job training program.
- You must be between the ages of 35-60.
If you want to apply but are unsure if you qualify, contact us and let us help you. If the VRAP program doesn’t work for you, we may be able to direct you to other options.
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The American Veterans Alliance observes Hispanic Heritage Month.
Each year from September 15 to October 15 Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month and the rich histories, cultures, and contributions of ancestry from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The observation began under President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week. President Ronald Reagan extended the period in 1988 to cover 30 days starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
September 15 is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.
The American Veterans Alliance and its affiliate organizations proudly celebrates the beauty and depth of Hispanic culture and salutes our hispanic and latino veterans.