Former Marine in Rockingham County feels betrayed by veterans program

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WENTWORTH, NC -- A former Marine in Rockingham County believes she's getting the short end of the stick when it comes to a particular program for unemployed veterans.

The program is called the Veterans Retraining assistance program and is aimed at helping unemployed former service members get job training and, eventually, jobs.

Former Marine Juliet Owen wants to take advantage of the program, but claims red tape is holding her back.

"V-RAP is very specific," Owen said. "You have to be full-time and you can't take classes outside of your program."

Owen only needs 11 credit hours to finish the nursing program. Full-time students must take at least 12 credit hours of class.

So take more classes, right? That won't work either.

According to VRAP's requirements, every credit hour must be part of the focus program and a veteran must take 12 credit hours.

Owen can't qualify because she can't take enough credits and she can't take enough credits because taking an extra class, which would not be part of the nursing program, would disqualify her.

"It's like I'm so close I can almost reach," Owen said. "Now they're saying 'you're one credit short and we're not going to help you at all.'"

VRAP ends in March. Owen may have to drop out and start over in order to qualify.

She is trying to avoid that.

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