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ASHLEY HOPKINSON
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Unemployed veterans may be heading back to school by the thousands under a new federal program that pays for up to a year of education.

Officials at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs say out-of-work veterans can get back in the job market in high demand fields like health care, management and legal services.

So far, there has been an enormous response to the program called the Veteran Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP).

More than 27,000 unemployed veterans have applied and 13,083 have already been accepted.

The program is first-come, first-serve for qualifying veterans between the ages of 35 and 60 who are unemployed at the time of the application. Veterans who are currently receiving unemployment benefits or are enrolled in a federal or state job training program do not qualify.

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