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1 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment V E T S U C C E S S Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E) Presenters: Leslie Arje M.S., CRC Heather Becker M.S., CRC

2 Title 38, CFR, Chapter 31 2 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.

3 VR&E Process Application and Eligibility Determination Chapter 31 Benefit Orientation Vocational Assessment/Evaluation Entitlement Determination Career Exploration and Plan Development Plan Implementation Employment Assistance 3

4 Who is Eligible to Apply? 4 Veterans are eligible if they: 1.)Have received, or will receive, a discharge that is other than dishonorable 2.)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 Affairs 3.) Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services

5 5 Who is Eligible to Apply? Active Duty Service Members are eligible if they: 1.)Expect to receive an honorable discharge upon separation from active duty 2.)Obtain a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the VA 3.) Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services

6 What Happens Next The 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. 6

7 What is Entitlement A 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. 7

8 What is Entitlement A 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. 8

9 Evaluation Resources Rehabilitation Needs Inventory Vocational testing results Psycho-social, vocationally oriented interview Prior transcripts & training records Resume, job descriptions, performance appraisals Medical records & rating decision Consultation with other service providers 9

10 10 VR&E Basic Benefit Information A total of 48 months of combined VA education benefits VR&E services may be used 12 years from the latter of the following: ‾Date of separation from active military service, or ‾Date the veteran was first notified by VA of a service-connected disability rating. An extension of these limits is possible under specific circumstances

11 Who is not entitled A 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 11

12 The 5 Tracks 12 1.Re-employment 2.Rapid Access Employment 3.Employment through Long Term Services 4.Self-employment 5.Independent Living

13 VR&E Basics Program must be aligned with “suitable” employment: consistent with your interests, aptitudes, and abilities does not aggravate your disabilities is stable and continuing requires reasonably developed skills 13

14 14 Veterans 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 Basics

15 Support Services Financial assistance for training costs Case management Personal adjustment counseling Tutoring Assistive technology Medical services Independent living assistance 15

16 Comparison of Benefits CH-31: VR&ECH-30; M-GI BillCH-33: Post 9-11 Eligibility:Must be found entitled to VetSuccess in order to use. Eligible if Entered AD after 6/30/85 and did not decline in writing Eligible if served AD after 9/10/01 and irrevocably decline CH-30 GI Bill in writing Duration:Up to 48 months of education or training benefits 36 months of F/T benefits Expiration:Generally, within 12 years of initial finding of eligibility Within 10 years after last separation date Within 15 years of separation date Tuition & Fees: Paid directly to facility, including textbooks & supplies Paid directly to veteranPaid directly to school Allowance:Subsistence allowance; although BAH substitution is possible. No extra allowancesBAH at E-5 with dependents rate Extra services: YESNO

17 Line 4 Indicates the degree program and type Line 5 Indicates enrollment period Line 9 Specifies services / items authorized (i.e. tuition, fees, textbooks, supplies, etc.) Line 11A MUST be signed by VRC

18 CH 31 VA Once Printout VRC’s email address should be listed on the bio page of VA Once Courses need to be listed in the Remarks Section Indicate type of training, for example, non-degree, undergraduate, graduate… NEVER amend certifications. ALWAYS process as a change Be aware of VA Once codes: 5R Rejected 5A Accepted 18


20 20 What’s new Ability to elect Chapter 33 BAH rate if eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill Veteran needs to complete application for Post 9/11 VR&E counselor will assist veteran with required VR&E paperwork

21 What’s new Vet Success on Campus Services are offered to veterans, active duty service members, and veterans’ dependents on campus. support services benefits information and referrals for VA benefits and services employment workshops and networking opportunities expedited entitlement decisions for students applying for CH 31 outreach to the community presentations on VA benefits and services coordination with the school’s referrals to other veteran specific organizations 21

22 What’s New VA for Vets 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 language Building effective federal resumes to increase application acceptance Assessing knowledge and skills to learn which federal civilian jobs fit best Career Coaches available via phone 22

23 23 E-Benefits and VR&E Apply for vocational rehabilitation services Track VR&E claim status and stipend payments

24 24 What is VETSUCCESS.GOV? Specialized job bank and “Job Central” bank with access to over 4 million jobs National Association of State Workforce Agencies Direct Employers – Fortune 500 companies Job resource tools Resume Builder Interview Skills Career Resources Link to other VA benefits and services Online application for VR&E – Chapter 31 services Educational Benefits

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