To receive an evaluation for Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation (VR&E) Services, a Veteran must:
- have received, or will receive, a discharge that is other than dishonorable
- have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10%
- submit a completed application for VR&E services
A veteran who is eligible for a Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation evaluation under Chapter 31 (US Code Title 38 Chapter 31) must complete an application (download the application form here) and meet with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC). If the VRC determines that an employment handicap exists as a result of a service-connected disability, the veteran is found entitled to services. The VRC and the veteran will then continue counseling to select a track of services and jointly develop a plan to address the rehabilitation and employment needs of the veteran.
The Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation plan will specify an employment or independent living goal, identify intermediate goals, outline services and resources needed to achieve these goals. The VRC and the veteran will work together to implement the plan and achieve successful rehabilitation.
If a veteran is found not to be entitled to services, the VRC will help the veteran locate other resources to address any rehabilitation and employment needs identified during the evaluation. Referral to other resources may include state vocational rehabilitation programs, Department of Labor employment programs for disabled veterans, state, federal or local agencies providing services for employment or small business development, internet-based resources for rehabilitation and employment, and information about applying for financial aid.
Services that may be provided by VR&E include
- comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation to determine abilities, skills, interests, and needs
- vocational counseling and rehabilitation planning
- employment services such as job-seeking skills, resume development, and other work readiness assistance
- assistance finding and keeping a job, including the use of special employer incentives
- if needed, training such as On the Job Training (OJT), apprenticeships, and non-paid work experiences
- if needed, post-secondary training at a college, vocational, technical or business school
- supportive rehabilitation services including case management, counseling, and referral
- independent living services
The basic period of eligibility in which Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation services may be used is 12 years from the latter of the following:
- date of separation from active military service, or
- date the veteran was first notified by VA of a service-connected disability rating.
We strongly recommend that you enlist the services of a Veteran Service Officer before you submit your application for Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation. They will review your application, helping ensure it has all the information the VA requires. In addition, they may be able to tell you about other benefits for which you are eligible. If you do not have a VSO yet, the NVF will help you find one. Simply call us at 888-777-4443.