The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program is aimed at lowering the unemployment rate among former soldiers by offering them targeted training for in-demand fields. Though there are about 200 occupations to choose from in the program, many participants have elected computer support training, reports Military Times.
The program, known as VRAP, provides a year's worth of training under the Montgomery GI Bill. About 14 percent of participants have chosen to take computer support classes, and analysts say it could be a smart move given that such technicians could be responsible for about 110,000 jobs over the next 10 years, according to Department of Labor estimates.
Of course, computer support isn't the only career path veterans are choosing. Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselors accounted for about 6 percent of participating vets, according to the publication. Business operations, nursing and law are all popular choices as well.
Along with initiatives from Joining Forces and legislation such as the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, VRAP has helped put a dent in unemployment in vets. Between January and June 2012, vets enjoyed the lowest unemployment rate over a six month period since 2008.