Chapter 31 Benefits

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) is authorized by Congress under Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 31. It is sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program. VR&E assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable employment.


To be eligible to receive an evaluation for vocational rehabilitation services, a Veteran must:

  • Have received, or eventually receive, an honorable or other than dishonorable discharge
  • Have a VA service-connected disability rating of 10% or more
  • Apply for VR&E benefits
The Law

The law generally provides for a 12-year basic period of eligibility in which services may be used. The 12-year period begins on the latter of these dates:

  • Date of separation from active military duty or
  • Date the Veteran was first notified of a service-connected disability rating
How to apply

Find out how to apply for Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E), Chapter 31 Self Employment Program

M28C.IV.C.5 Self-Employment PlanVeteran 

Readiness and Employment (VR&E)

VR&E Self Employment Track


To enroll begin by letting your VR&E case manager know you are interested in the VA Accelerator Program. Contact your VR&E Case Manager at