A bit short noticed, but they are now doing it on Facebook during the pandemic:
With the sometimes venal political beat-ups over decisions made past and present in regard to the recent events in Afghanistan, compounded by local reporters trying to solicit comments from any current era veterans about their thoughts over the matter for the sake of a story and the blitz of media video and pictures, it is should be no surprise that a few veterans are in a funk; or, in extreme cases, experiencing a resurfacing of post-traumatic stress.
While for the majority, a listening ear from family, friends, and associates is all that might be necessary, it is also good to know bona fide resources for more serious situations. Many of these can be found through the Answers Desk section of this website, but are re-listed here for convenience. Our thanks to Jenna Jordan of Spectrum News, Cleveland, Ohio, who actually did something useful through contacting the VA. One or two of the resources might surprise you: Read the rest of this entry »
Are You Aware of the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP)?
Probably not, but on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched VRRAP on March 11, 2021 for those military veterans who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participating veterans can receive education and training for a broad array of high-demand occupations , many of which are in high demand in the Lehigh Valley. Up to 12 months of tuition and fees and a monthly housing allowance based on Post-9/11 GI Bill rates.
For more information on the program and on how to apply, click here. Alternatively, contact the Education Call Center at 888-442-4551 between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST, Monday-Friday to speak with a VA education representative.
As of 12 August 2021
Note: All reporting is done electronically. Basic computer skills are required.
As of 2 August 2021
As of 20 July 2021
As of 28 June 2021
Important as ever in these harsh times:
In a very real sense, the first qualification for this program is tragic, but the origin of the thinking behind House Resolution 107 of the 116th Congress (2019-2020) is well-meant. “When our servicemembers make the ultimate sacrifice, there is no award, no amount of money or no program that can ever make their lives whole again,” Representative Trent Kelly from Mississippi, its author, said. “But this program gives the families left behind a chance to participate in our great democratic process at the national level.”
Here is a meaningful way to celebrate our veterans, the Academics for Veterans’ 5K Virtual Ruck and Walk Challenge which has just started. Sign up. It is not too late.
As of 9 November 2020