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. 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.

 

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 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

A Veteran who is eligible for an evaluation under Chapter 31 must first apply for services and receive an appointment with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC). The VRC will work with the Veteran to determine if he or she is entitled to benefits. If the Veteran is found entitled to benefits, the VRC and the Veteran will continue counseling to select a track of services and jointly develop a plan to address the Veteran’s rehabilitation and employment needs.

When a Veteran is found not to be entitled to services, the VRC will assist him or her in locating other resources to address any rehabilitation and employment needs identified during the evaluation. This may include a referral to the VA Accelerator.

For more information about the VR&E program, or to apply online, visit:

www.benefits.va.gov
 

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 800-827-1000.

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