Hi, this is Allen Gumpenberger back with another blog that will hopefully educate, as well as enlighten you on VA Disability, Today I want to talk about a program that is oftentimes forgotten and it is The Veterans Readiness and Employment Program, formerly known as Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service Programs for Disabled Veterans, is a program that is offered to disabled veterans (service-connected) with the goal of helping them pursue a meaningful career, it does that by helping them prepare for, find, and maintain employment. It’s also known as the Chapter 31 program because it was originally authorized under Chapter 31 of Title 38, U.S. Code.
Who is eligible for this program?
To be eligible for an evaluation for VR&E the veteran must these two conditions:
- have at least a %10 disability rating for a service-connected condition.
- Have received or will receive a discharge that isn’t dishonorable.
Now keep in mind that being eligible doesn’t mean that you’re entitled to receive the service provided by this program, meeting those conditions means that you’re eligible for an evaluation. However, keep in mind that the period of eligibility for VR&E services is 12 years from the date of separation.
What is the process of this program?
Although each veteran’s experience will be different, there are some general similarities for most people who use this program:
- An initial appointment with a VR&E counselor
- A completed VR&E application
- A determination of eligibility and a written plan to identify needed services
- A referral to an appropriate training institution or employer if needed
- Possible follow-up case management services to help ensure successful employment
- Qualifications for Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits
What can I expect from this program?
Many veterans, service members, and their families face challenges as they transition from military to civilian life. For some, a challenge like this could prevent them from working or finding a job. This program helps veterans through a number of ways such as:
- Vocational Counseling
- Career Assessment and Guidance
- Employment Assistance
- Post-Secondary Training
- On-the-Job Training (OJT) and Apprenticeships
- Self-Employment Assistance
During my time working with veterans, I noticed that not many veterans knew about this program or if they knew they didn’t think that it is helpful, in my opinion, this program is helpful and could be even considered a “hidden gem”. if you’re interested in receiving the benefits of this program or any other benefits and you find the whole process of applying and getting the benefits is overwhelming then Gumps VA Compensation Services is here to help.
Schedule an appointment today!