Jobless veterans can cash in on training and education


Reporter - Julie Collins
Photojournalist - Chad Darnall

PADUCAH — The Departments of Veterans Affairs and Labor have started a new program to get vets training and jobs.

The unemployment rate is slowing improving but it still sits at 8.1 percent. For veterans, it's worse, at 8.3 percent.

To address this problem, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Labor have started a new program to get vets training and jobs.

Steven Gooden is an unemployed veteran. He spent seven years in the air force building military landing strips in Korea.

In the late 70s, he got out of the military and drove a truck for 23 years.

Last October, he was laid off and now spends countless hours at the computer looking for work. He plans to apply for the veteran retraining program.

"It'll be for the benefit of a veteran, I really do believe so," saod Gooden. "We all need jobs and we're trying to make a livelihood and get along, too."

Under the program, former service members like Steven Gooden are paid to learn the skills they need to get an in-demand job. They'll receive nearly $1,500 a month to put toward books and tuition at a community college.

"Programs like this are a lifeline to veterans," said Department of Military Affairs Officer David Altom. "You've got a great deal of resources here in the veteran world, great experience and you'll find people who have great desire to work."

The retraining program starts June 1.

You can get the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program applications here. Programs for younger veterans can be found here. For more general veterans assistance information, head to the VA website.