1Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E) Presenters: Leslie Arje M.S., CRC Heather Becker M.S., CRCNote:-Introduce yourself and inform Veterans of the lesson topic.-Inform Veterans of the purpose of the class.The purpose of this orientation is to …
2Title 38, CFR, Chapter 31The VR&E program assists veterans with service-connected disabilities in overcoming barriers to employment to allow them 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.The VR&E program assists veterans with service-connected disabilities in overcoming barriers to employment to allow them 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.
3VR&E Process Application and Eligibility Determination Chapter 31 Benefit OrientationVocational Assessment/EvaluationEntitlement DeterminationCareer Exploration and Plan DevelopmentPlan ImplementationEmployment Assistance
4Who is Eligible to Apply? Veterans are eligible if they:1.) Have received, or will receive, a discharge that is other than dishonorable2.) Have a service-connected (S-C) disability rating of at least 10%, or a memorandum rating of 10% or more from the Department of Veteran Affairs3.) Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services4
5Who is Eligible to Apply? Active Duty Service Members are eligible if they:1.) Expect to receive an honorable discharge upon separation from active duty2.) Obtain a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the VA3.) Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services
6What Happens NextThe veteran is scheduled to attend a group orientation, then meet a VA Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for a comprehensive evaluation to determine if he/she is entitled for services.
7What is EntitlementA veteran with a 20% or greater service-connected disability must have an “Employment Handicap”:Vocational impairments interfering with a veteran’s ability to prepare for, obtain, or retain employment consistent with his or her abilities, aptitudes, and interests.The impairment must result in substantial part from a service-connected disability.The veteran cannot have overcome the impairment with current employment or education.
8What is EntitlementA veteran with a 10% disability must have a “Serious Employment Handicap”Significant vocational impairments such as severe or multiple disabilities, unstable work history, substance abuse history, frequent hospitalizations, chronic pain, criminal record, withdrawal from society, difficulties communicating, etc.SCD: Consideration is made to the disabling condition that has resulted or was aggravated from an injury or illness while the veteran was serving on active duty in the military.Limitations: What functional limitations does the disability have on the veteran? How does the disability impact the veteran? Examples, veteran cannot lift weight, has anxiety, PTSD, or low motivation.Impairment: The disability has to cause an impairment. If an impairment is present has the veteran overcome it through a job or training. If no impairment is present then there is no need for vocational rehabilitation.EH: Does the SCD limit the veteran? Has the veteran over the limitations or barriers?SEH: Consideration of other limitations that are a result of SCD or NSCD; such as personal problems, finances, health, unstable work history, and/or criminal background or record.Feasibility: Is the veteran able to reach their vocational goal. Consideration of the chosen goal to make sure it’s compatible with the disability; and if the goal is realistic and consistent with the veterans interests, aptitude, and abilities.
9Evaluation Resources Rehabilitation Needs Inventory Vocational testing resultsPsycho-social, vocationally oriented interviewPrior transcripts & training recordsResume, job descriptions, performance appraisalsMedical records & rating decisionConsultation with other service providers
10VR&E Basic Benefit Information A total of 48 months of combined VA education benefitsVR&E services may be used 12 years from the latter of the following:Date of separation from active military service, orDate the veteran was first notified by VA of a service-connected disability rating.An extension of these limits is possible under specific circumstancesNote – Entitlement extension maybe granted when specific criteria are met.Note – Extension to 12 year eligibility period may be granted when specific criteria are met.Exceptions: counselors will explain these exceptions as they pertain to the veterans particular circumstances.
11Who is not entitledA veteran that is working and maintaining employment that is not aggravating his or her service-connected disabilities and is consistent with his or her interests.A veteran with a 10% service connected disability or a veteran who is beyond his or her 12-year period of eligibility, that does not have other significant circumstances that are affecting his/her ability to obtain or maintain suitable employment
12The 5 Tracks Re-employment Rapid Access Employment Employment through Long Term ServicesSelf-employmentIndependent LivingRapid Access includes those veterans who already have the skills, experience, or training to pursue employment and simply want assistance in their job search.Re-Employment involves National Guard and Reservists who may need assistance in securing employment with their previous employer/Employment through long term services consists of a majority of those pursuing Chapter 31 benefits. This includes those veterans who need to pursue further trainig or education, such as on-the-job training, apprenticeship, or college education to qualify for a job.Self employment services would assist a veteran to develop a formal business plan and request financial assistance to open their own business.Independent living involves those veterans who are currently unable to work and need to decrease their dependence on others.
13VR&E Basics Program must be aligned with “suitable” employment: consistent with your interests, aptitudes, and abilitiesdoes not aggravate your disabilitiesis stable and continuingrequires reasonably developed skills1313
14VR&E BasicsVeterans can only receive one VA educational benefit during the same semester. Veterans cannot receive more than one VA training benefit at the same time (e.g. CH-33 and CH-31).Each veteran’s program is uniquely designed to meet his/her needs. We may not be able to sponsor an advanced or second degree. You cannot pursue just ANY type of training or education under VetSuccess.Veterans are expected to find and secure their own job.-VR&E is NOT a job service that provides jobs. The veteran must still actively look for employment.-Financial services cannot be utilized from two educational benefit programs. Only one can be used at any given time. However, a veteran can use Chapter-30 finances and the counseling services of Chapter-31 concurrent, just not payments.-VR&E assist veterans’ with disabilities to return to the work force, it is not designed to assist that veteran to be promoted or move up in his/her current job.-A training or educational program may not be authorized for several reasons. For instance, if a occupation is not compatible with the veteran’s disability.
15Support Services Financial assistance for training costs Case managementPersonal adjustment counselingTutoringAssistive technologyMedical servicesIndependent living assistance
16Comparison of Benefits CH-31: VR&ECH-30; M-GI BillCH-33: Post 9-11Eligibility:Must be found entitled to VetSuccess in order to use.Eligible if Entered AD after 6/30/85 and did not decline in writingEligible if served AD after 9/10/01 and irrevocably decline CH-30 GI Bill in writingDuration:Up to 48 months of education or training benefits36 months of F/T benefitsExpiration:Generally, within 12 years of initial finding of eligibilityWithin 10 years after last separation dateWithin 15 years of separation dateTuition & Fees:Paid directly to facility, including textbooks & suppliesPaid directly to veteranPaid directly to schoolAllowance:Subsistence allowance; although BAH substitution is possible.No extra allowancesBAH at E-5 with dependents rateExtra services:YESNONotes:Extra Services includes: medical, dental, vision, and mental health; access to local and governmental services, such as financial counseling, drug/substance abuse rehabilitation; tutorial services and cognitive assessments; interest inventory assessments; and access to employment services.
17Indicates the degree program and type Indicates enrollment period Line 4Indicates the degree program and typeLine 5Indicates enrollment periodLine 9Specifies services / items authorized (i.e. tuition, fees, textbooks, supplies, etc.)Line 11AMUST be signed by VRC
18CH 31 VA Once PrintoutVRC’s address should be listed on the bio page of VA OnceCourses need to be listed in the Remarks SectionIndicate type of training, for example, non-degree, undergraduate, graduate…NEVER amend certifications. ALWAYS process as a changeBe aware of VA Once codes:5R Rejected5A AcceptedIf a veteran is switching from Chapter 33 to 31 please make sure that this is changed in the VA Once system. Once the information is transmitted we cannot revoke the Chapter 33 certification.
20What’s newAbility to elect Chapter 33 BAH rate if eligible for the Post 9/11 GI BillVeteran needs to complete application for Post 9/11VR&E counselor will assist veteran with required VR&E paperwork
21What’s new Vet Success on Campus Services are offered to veterans, active duty service members, and veterans’ dependents on campus.support servicesbenefits information and referrals for VA benefits and servicesemployment workshops and networking opportunitiesexpedited entitlement decisions for students applying for CH 31outreach to the communitypresentations on VA benefits and servicescoordination with the school’s referrals to other veteran specific organizationsFocus on colleges or universities with a Veteran-student enrollment betweenSchools can combine their veteran population to reach that numberCentral Office is working with University partners to identify future campus
22What’s New VA for Vets www.VAforVEts.VA.gov Assists veterans and service members find federal employment opportunities that match their experience, skills, and interests by:Translating military skills, occupation and rank into civilian-friendly languageBuilding effective federal resumes to increase application acceptanceAssessing knowledge and skills to learn which federal civilian jobs fit bestCareer Coaches available via phone
23E-Benefits and VR&E www.ebenefits.va.gov Apply for vocational rehabilitation servicesTrack VR&E claim status and stipend payments
24VetSuccess.gov VetSuccess.gov What is VETSUCCESS.GOV? Specialized job bank and “Job Central” bank with access to over 4 million jobsNational Association of State Workforce AgenciesDirect Employers – Fortune 500 companiesJob resource toolsResume BuilderInterview SkillsCareer ResourcesLink to other VA benefits and servicesOnline application for VR&E – Chapter 31 servicesEducational BenefitsNote:Emphasize key points:-At VetSuccess.gov website – Veterans and Servicemembers have access to over 4 million jobs from Fortune 500 Companies, Federal, state and local agencies, and other employers-A one-stop centralized employment information website. At this website one can search for jobs, get help with developing a resume, interviewing skills, career information, and link to other employment information.-Veterans and Servicemembers can log on today and fill out the registration information for a free account. It is easy and employers can view individual resume.2424