*Reprinted from VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
'GI Bill®' is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Mor information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government GI Bill® website.
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.
- 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
- 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
- Apply online at the Veterans On-Line Application (VONAPP) website.
- 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
- 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.
- All requests for personal reimbursements should be completed on a VA Form 28-1905M.
- 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.