VARRAP Program

New VRRAP program supports retraining programs for Veterans unemployed by Covid-19

Are you a Veteran who is unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Are you interested in attending a training program like Code Platoon to pursue a new career in software engineering? You may qualify for a VA program launched last month, covering retraining costs for more than 200 high-demand careers

The Department of Veterans Affairs s preparing to launch the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP) as part of its continued effort to support Veterans seeking retraining and economic opportunities in response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The VRRAP was part of the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion economic stimulus package, with aid targeted to assist individuals and businesses recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

VRRAP covers education and training programs approved under the GI Bill and Veteran Employment Through Technology Education Courses (VET TEC) that lead to high-demand jobs. These include associate degrees, non-college degrees, and certificate programs. Code Platoon is an approved VRRAP program.

According to the VA website, to qualify, a Veteran must be:

  • At least 22 years of age and less than 67 years of age
  • Unemployed due to COVID-19 pandemic
  • Not eligible for GI Bill or VR&E benefits
  • Not enrolled in a Federal or State jobs program
  • Not receiving VA disability compensation because you are unable to work
  • Not receiving unemployment compensation including enhanced benefits under the CARES Act

Applications for the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program are now open. For additional details on the program or to apply visit the VRRAP page.

“The pandemic has left many Veterans unemployed and looking for new career opportunities. Code Platoon has helped more than 150 Veterans and military spouses transition to careers in tech as software engineers,” said Rod Levy, founder, and Executive Director, Code Platoon. “VRRAP will help up to 17,250 Veterans enter new careers over the next 21 months. Code Platoon has the experience to work with Veterans and the VA program to help to find new opportunities in tech.”

Under the current guidelines, prospective students interested in the Code Platoon Immersive program’s Papa, Quebec and Romeo platoons, or the Code Platoon Evening and Weekend Charlie Platoon, may be eligible for the VRRAP program. Other restrictions may apply. 

Our Code Platoon team would be happy to discuss VRRAP and other funding opportunities, including scholarships available for Veterans and military spouses interested in attending our Bootcamp.

Jim Hennessey is Code Platoon’s Director of Marketing. Jim brings a strong background in non-profit marketing and start-up enterprises to the mission of Code Platoon. Jim is a graduate of Clemson University and currently lives in Chicago. Follow Jim on LinkedIn.

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