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