Vocational rehabilitation and employment
The VR and E Program (also referred to as Voc Rehab or Chapter 31) assists veterans who have service-connected disabilities prepare for, find and keep suitable jobs. For veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe they cannot immediately consider work, this program offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.
Veterans are eligible if they received a discharge that is other than dishonorable and they have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent. Services that may be provided by the VR and E Program are:
• Comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation to determine abilities, skills and interests for employment,
• Vocational counseling and rehabilitation planning for employment services,
• Employment services such as job training and job seeking skills, resume development and other work readiness assistance,
• Assistance finding and keeping a job, including the use of special employment incentives and job accommodations,
• On the Job Training (OJT), apprenticeships and non-paid work experiences,
• Post-secondary training at a college, vocational, technical or business school,
• Supportive rehabilitation services including case management, counseling and medical referrals,
• Independent living services for veterans unable to work due to the severity of their disabilities.
Once a veteran applies and is approved for the VR and E program, he/she will meet with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) for a comprehensive evaluation to determine entitlement to services. This evaluation includes:
• Determine transferable skills, aptitudes and interests,
• Identify viable employment and/or independent living services options,
• Explore labor market and wage information,
• Identify physical demands and other job characteristics,
• Narrow vocational options to identify a suitable employment goal,
• Select a VR&E program track leading to an employment or independent living goal.
The basic period of eligibility in which VR&E services may be used is 12 years from either the date of separation from active military service or the date a veteran was first notified by the VA of a service-connected disability rating, whichever is later.
If a veteran is found not to be entitled to services, the VRC will help him or her locate other resources to address any rehabilitation and employment needs identified during the evaluation.
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