Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) update

As you know, the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) offers a renewed opportunity for education/training and job assistance to unemployed Veterans 35-60 years old.   As of this week there have been over 117,000 applicants.  We have notified over 101,000 Veterans that they are approved to begin training (through a Certificate of Eligibility-COE) and, to date over 47,000 have begun their training towards a high demand career field.
VRAP is a joint program between VA and Department of Labor however; the successful outreach of VRAP was a much larger community endeavor.  Many of you represent our stakeholders, community partners, and Veterans Service Organizations who helped us reach out to this deserving population.  Thank you for helping us and supporting our outreach efforts.  We could not have achieved this without you.
Our challenge now is ensuring that Veterans who have received notification of approval, a COE, start their training as soon as feasible.  According to the law that established VRAP, the program expires March 31, 2014, so it’s important that training is initiated/and completed by that date.
We once again, thank you for your help in our outreach efforts, and request your continued support.

06.11.2013 Scholarship Night

Chapter 116
P.O. Box 294, Leominster, MA 01453


JUNE 11, 2013, 7:00 P.M.
You, your family, and guests are cordially invited to join with the Vietnam Veterans of America for the presentation of the year 2010 Vietnam Veterans of America Scholarships. The Ceremony will be followed by an informal reception at the Leominster Veterans Center, 100 West Street. The 2013 raffle winners will be drawn at this time. The Vietnam Veterans of America have presented over $100,000 for higher education to sons and daughters of VVA members.
The Vietnam Veterans of America Scholarship is awarded annually to recognize, encourage, and contribute to the higher education of qualified VVA 116 members and their children. The Scholarship is presented to honor members of VVA who have devoted their energies in effecting positive change on behalf of all Americans. As a tribute to their continued service and to those who have lost their lives, this Scholarship program is in keeping with the spirit of our motto:


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Boots to Business

Boots to Business


Boots to Business Veteran Mentorship Program matches you to someone in your community, often another person who served, who might be able to provide that perspective, edit that resume, or make that contact allowing you to get your
next job.

And, once you get a job, you may be able to “pay it forward” working with another veteran so they can also get a job.

A Mentor is not responsible for finding you a job, but to be a coach, catalyst or facilitator to achieve employment.

Participants have the following responsibilities:

• Commit to at least a three month relationship with your mentor.
• Meet with your mentor for approximately four hours per month.
• Provide feedback data to DVS.
• Consider becoming a mentor after achieving employment.

Sometimes a benefit or a government program is just not personal enough. You will be matched with someone within a short commuting distance to develop a personal
face-to-face coaching relationship. You will widen your job search network and get access to someone who will talk with you as a peer.

Whether you are just now transitioning to civilian life or have been out of the military for a long time, getting a job during a time of high unemployment is difficult. This is an
opportunity to reconnect with others who served for an important new mission, getting a job.

Email Carlene Arambula at [email protected] You must be a resident of Massachusetts, discharged from he armed forces under honorable conditions, and are
currently unemployed.

Department of Labor American Job Center Update


Did you know that our partners at the Department of Labor (DOL) fund a network of almost 2,700 American Job Centers (AJCs) in communities within each state?  They are operated through the State Workforce Agencies that offer job-seeking Veterans and other covered persons, including eligible spouses, Reserve and National Guard members, with priority of service in all employment and job training programs funded by the DOL.

Every AJC (formerly called One-Stop Career Centers) is equipped to assist individual Veterans to find employment in their selected career field, to chart a new career path or even get a job while they are in school or in training.  They can also assist Veterans who have just completed military service, their education, vocational training or retraining programs to find work using their unique set of knowledge, skills, and abilities.careeronestoplogo_tcm24-129

To access information on American Job Centers in your state or throughout the nation, please visit America’s Service Locator website at or call the following Toll Free Number: (877)US-2JOBS or (877) 872-5627.  In the event that an AJC is not physically located nearby, a variety of virtual web-based assistance are also available as reflected in the attached file.

We appreciate the collaborative relationship we at the VA have with our partners at the Department of Labor and the American Job Center network and hope you find this information useful.

Also, Please Remember:

  • If you are seeking employment in the federal government, particularly logothe VA, our VA for Vets high-tech tools, resources, and professional coaching services can help.  Visit online at  or contact a coach at 1-855-824-8387.


05.18.2013 – Armed Forces Day


Prepared To Meet Any Challenge
Saturday, May 18, 2013

In the United States, Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the third Saturday in May. It falls near the end of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May and ends on the third Sunday of May.

First observed on 20 May 1950, the day was created on 31 August 1949, to honor Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches – the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard – following the consolidation of the military services in the U.S. Department of Defense. It was intended to replace the separate Army-, Navy-, Air Force-, Marine Corps- and Coast Guard Days, but the separate days are still observed, especially within the respective services.

The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated by parades, open houses, receptions and air shows. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy established Armed Forces Day as an official holiday. The United States’ longest running city-sponsored Armed Forces Day Parade is held in Bremerton, Washington. In 2012, Bremerton celebrated the 64th year of the Armed Forces Day Parade.

Because of their unique training schedules, National Guard and Reserve units may celebrate Armed Forces Day/Week over any period in the month of May.


STANDING TALL – Official poster for Armed Forces Day highlights the “Defenders of Freedom”. (AFD-1951)

For the complete history of Armed Forces Day, please visit our favorite Dept. of Defense at:

Clicking on the posters will bring you to a high-resolution page great for wallpapers!  FREE! loves, prays for, and supports our Armed Forces and ALL U.S. Veterans.