Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31)

*Reprinted from VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment

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The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR& E) Program is authorized by Congress under Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 31. It is also referred to as the Chapter 31 program. The VR& E program assists veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VR& E offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.

Eligibility

Veterans

  • The veteran MUST have received a discharge that is other than dishonorable.
  • Have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10% from the VA.
  • Apply for VR& E services

Active Duty

  • Expect to receive an honorable or other than dishonorable discharge upon separation from active duty
  • Obtain a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and
  • Apply for VR& E services

Basic Period of Eligibility

The basic period of eligibility ends 12 years from the date of notification of one 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.

How to Apply

  1. Apply online at the Veterans On-Line Application (VONAPP) website.
  2. Eligible veterans are scheduled to meet with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) for comprehensive evaluation to determine if they are entitled to services. A comprehensive evaluation is completed with a VRC that includes:
    • A full assessment of the veteran's interests, aptitudes, and abilities to determine whether the veteran is 'entitled' to VR& E services
    • An assessment of whether service-connected disabilities impair the veteran's ability to find and/or hold a job using the occupational skills already attained
    • Vocational exploration and goal development leading to employment and/or maximum independence at home and in the veteran's community
    • Explore labor market and wage information
    • Narrow vocational options to identify a suitable employment goal
    • Select a VR& E program track leading to an employment or independent living goal
    • Develop an individualized rehabilitation plan to achieve the identified employment and/or independent living goal
  3. Once you have been approved by the VA as eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation, your assigned VA case manager will complete a VA Form 22-1905 and forward it to CSUSB's School Certifying Official, Jaime Espinoza. Please contact him directly once you know you have been approved. He can be reached at 909-537-7196. 
  4. All requests for personal reimbursements should be completed on a VA Form 28-1905M.
  5. Students must verify enrollment each month by going to the GI Bill® website.

What it Pays for

  • The VA will pay for tuition and fees, required books, parking and expendable supplies each term while approved for training.
  • The VA will also provide a monthly subsistence to help with living expenses.

For additional information visit the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Employment Services webpage or call 1-800-827-1000.