VOW to Hire Heroes Act

VOW to Hire Heroes Act

Congress passed, and the President has signed into law, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. Included in this new law is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program for unemployed Veterans. The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and the Department of Labor (DoL) are working together to roll out this new program on July 1, 2012. The new program will provide retraining for Veterans hardest hit by current economic conditions.

The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program offers 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans. To qualify, a Veteran must:

  • Be between the ages of 35 and 60
  • Be unemployed (as determined by DoL)      with special consideration given to Veterans who have been unemployed for      more than 26 weeks
  • Have an other than dishonorable      discharge
  • Not be eligible for any other VA      education benefit program (e.g.: the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI      Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance)
  • Not be in receipt of VA compensation      due to unemployability
  • Not be enrolled in a federal or state      job training program




The program is limited to 45,000 participants during fiscal year 2012, and to 54,000 participants from October 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014. Participants may receive up to 12 months of assistance at the full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty program (currently $1,473 per month). Applications will be submitted through DoL and benefits paid by VA. DoL will provide employment assistance to every Veteran who participates upon completion of their program.

Participants must be enrolled in a VA approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school. The program must lead to an Associate Degree, Non-College Degree, or a Certification, and train the Veteran for a high demand occupation.

For more information or to view Frequently Asked Questions please visit VOW To Hire Heroes Act or a Higher Education Veterans Programs Regional Coordinator.


Faribault County Veterans Services
435 S. Grove St.
Ag Center Plaza, Suite 1A
Blue Earth, MN 56013

Phone: 507-526-6268
Fax:     507-526-4593

Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM