The mission of Vocational Rehab and Employment is to help veterans with service connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For veterans with service-connected disabilities, VR&E offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.
A veteran may be eligible for VR&E benefits if he or she:
- Has received, or will receive, a discharge that is other than dishonorable
- Has a service-connected disability rating of at least 10%, or a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA)
- Applies for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess services
The basic period of eligibility in which VR&E's VetSuccess services may be used is 12 years from the latter of:
- The date of separation from active military service
- The date the veteran was first notified by VA of a service-connected disability rating
- 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
- Assessments of the veteran's interests, aptitudes, and abilities
- Assessments of whether service connected disabilities impair the veteran's ability to find and/or hold a job using the occupational skills he or she has already developed
- Vocational exploration and goal development
- Determine a Voc Rehab Veteran employment Track
A veteran who is eligible for an evaluation under Chapter 31 must complete an application 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, leading to employment or independent living.
The rehabilitation plan will specify an employment or independent living goal, identify intermediate goals, and 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.
More Information and How to Apply
For further detailed information, eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment area of the Department of Veteran Affairs Website.