Veterans program abruptly shuts down in Garland


By Kevin Reece

The Department of Veterans Affairs has abruptly revoked a Garland vocational training school’s ability to enroll veterans through the G.I. Bill, halting classes and sending as many as 300 students home with less than half of their training program completed.

The VA confirmed to WFAA Thursday afternoon that the Texas Veterans Commission Education Program has withdrawn approval of the Retail Ready Career Center in Garland to train G.I. Bill beneficiaries. As a result, those students “will no longer receive G.I. Bill benefits at the school, and any future certification of G.I. Bill students is prohibited.”

Students tell WFAA that federal investigators first visited the campus on West Kingsley Road a week ago. They returned Wednesday of this week and ordered the school shut down. The majority of the students, in a 6-week training program to become HVAC technicians, are military veterans who either sought out the program or, in some cases, were recruited by Retail Ready Career Center to join their classes. Students say the 6-week program is paid for with 11-weeks of their G.I. Bill benefits, approximately $20,000.

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