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Retraining Program Now Available at Daytona State

July 5, 2012

Veterans often have a hard time going back to school after a tour of duty or simply working for the military and living on a base. There are a lot of things that happen during a transition that are just uncomfortable and simply make things difficult to learn in a traditional classroom setting. However, colleges frequently come up with programs to help veterans transition into student life with a better outlook. Daytona State University in Florida is one such college instituting a new retraining program for veterans.

The new program is an additional option for enrollment at Daytona State College using a specialized grant that will begin this July 1st. The new program, called Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, is offered through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and is designed to help unemployed veterans between the ages of 35 and 60 years old. These veterans also aren't eligible for other VA programs, like the GI Bill, vocational rehabilitation or employment assistance.

To apply for this new program, veterans can apply online through the VA eBenefits website. You can see a list of the eligible programs and benefits at benefits.va.gov. You can also call for more information at 1-800-827-1000. Students must first be approved by the VA, then meet with a representative at Daytona State Veterans Benefits office.

Participants will receive up to 12 months of assistance, equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty program. The money is given to the students to pay tuition and fees. The program is being limited to 45,000 students who apply from July 1st through September 30th, 2012 and 54,000 students who apply from October 1st, 2012 through March 31st, 2014.

The program is only for those who enter VA-approved associate of science degrees and certificate programs. Veterans also can't have a dishonorable discharge, cannot be receiving any type of VA compensation due to unemploymentability and also can't be enrolled in a state job training program or federal job training program.

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