The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program is authorized by Congress under U.S. Code, Title 38. Sometimes referred to simply as the Chapter 31 program, its mission is to help veterans with service-connected disabilities prepare for a suitable career or job. This may include attending a university, college, training program or private institute to receive a degree or certificate.
To receive an evaluation for 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 percent
- Submit a completed application for VR&E services
The basic period of eligibility in which VR&E 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. The basic period of eligibility may be extended if a vocational rehabilitation counselor (VRC) determines that a veteran is close to receiving their degree or certificate.
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about the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program.