Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment V E T S U C C E S S Welcome to VetSuccess Orientation.
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1Welcome to VetSuccess Orientation Note:-Introduce yourself and inform Veterans of the lesson topic.-Inform Veterans of the purpose of the class.
2VetSuccess “...let us strive to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, tocare for him who shall haveborne the battle and for hiswidow, and his orphan....”-President Abraham Lincoln
3VetSuccess Program Intent Provide services to assist Veterans and Servicemembers with service-connected disabilities to succeed:In transition … through services to support transition back to civilian lifeAt work … through services resulting in suitable employmentOn campus … through services to support them during education and trainingAt home … and in their communities … through services to maximize independence in daily living
4VetSuccess Eligibility Criteria Veterans:Honorable or other than dishonorable dischargeA final VA service-connected disability rating of 10% or more or memorandum rating of 10%Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment servicesActive Duty Servicemembers:Expect to receive a honorable dischargeObtain a VA memorandum rating of 20% or more; or obtain a proposed Disability Evaluation Service (DES) ratingNote:Memorandum Rating: Servicemembers or veterans who have not received an official rating for service-connected condition(s). The individual is pending a final rating decision, however, it has been determined through a preliminary review by Compensation (Service Center) the individual will receive an official rating of 10% or more for service-connected condition(s).Disability Evaluation Service rating (DES): A rating evaluation conducted by Department of Defense in compliance with VA standards.
5VetSuccess Basic Benefit Information Comprehensive Vocational AssessmentEmployment AssistanceMedical Services as neededIndependent Living ServicesPersonalized Case Management ServicesNote:-Comprehensive Vocational AssessmentTo assist in determining the veterans’ or servicemembers’ vocational direction-Employment AssistanceTo assist in obtaining suitable employment-Medical Services as neededMedical, Dental, and Vision care; referrals submitted by VR&E staff to VHA-Notes for Comprehensive Vocational Assessment bullet:To include educational, vocational, and employment assessments, as well as, other specialized assessments as needed.
6VetSuccess Basic Benefit Information A maximum of 48 months of entitlement for Educational and Vocational trainingMay utilize vocational rehabilitation benefits within 12 years from the date of initial VA disability rating notificationNote – Entitlement extension maybe granted when specific criteria are met.Note – Extension to 12 year eligibility period may be granted when specific criteria are met.
7Evaluation and Planning VetSuccess Process218RehabilitatedEmployment ServicesApplicationEntitlement DecisionEvaluation and PlanningTracksApplication received (VONAP or )Veteran’s eligibility establishedSchedule Veteran for initial counseling appointment if eligibleOn-going case managementProvide employment servicesVetSuccess.govInterview skillsJob placement assistanceReferral to One-Stop Career CenterIdentify trackEstablish vocational or independent living goalDefine services neededDevelop written plan of servicesRe-EmploymentConduct VR&E orientation to include Five Tracks VideoVeteran meets with CounselorDetermine employment handicap and serious employment handicapConduct vocational evaluation to assess skills, abilities & interestsDetermine feasibility for employmentRapid AccessTo EmploymentSuitably employed, orImproved ability to live independentlyNote:VONAP: Online application found at: Paper application. Veteran can request paper application by contacting local regional office or calling the VA number (800)Self EmploymentEmploymentThru Long-TermServicesIndependent Living
8Track Selection 1 Re-employment Track For individuals separating from active duty, National Guard, or ReservesServices focused on return to previous employersServices may include:Job accommodationsJob modificationsWork adjustment assistanceConsultation with employer
9Track Selection 2 Rapid Access to Employment For individuals seeking employment:soon after separation orwho already have the necessary skills to be competitive in the job marketServices may include:Resume WritingInterviewing Skills TrainingJob accommodationsRefresher CoursesLicensure and CertificationJob Search AssistancePost-Employment Adjustment Services
10Track Selection 3 Employment Through Long-Term Services For individuals needing specialized training and/or education to obtain and maintain suitable employmentServices may include:Apprenticeships and internshipsOn-the-Job Training (OJT)Higher education or vocational trainingTuition/fees/books/tools/suppliesTutoringSubsistence allowancePersonalized case management support
11Track Selection 4 Self-Employment For individuals who are not because of their disabilities:has limited access to traditional employment,need flexible work schedules, ora more accommodating work environmentServices may include:Analysis of viability of business conceptAssistance with development of a business planTraining in small business operationsMarketing assistanceGuidance on obtaining resources
12Track Selection 5 Independent Living For individuals who are not able to work at the current time and need rehabilitation services to live more independentlyServices may include:Comprehensive in-home assessmentAssistive technologiesIndependent living skills trainingConnection to community-based support servicesPersonalized case management servicesCoordination with VA’s Specially Adapted Housing Program and/or VA’s Home Improvement Structure Assistance ProgramNote:Emphasize key points:-This track is designed to assist individuals in living more independently at home and in the community.-The goal is to increase individuals’ independence to the point that you may someday consider going back to work.-These services are designed to increase individuals’ current abilities to the maximum extent possible.-Specially Adapted Housing Program or VA home Improvement Structure program: Specific criteria needs to be met to be eligible for this program
13VetSuccess.gov What is VETSUCCESS.GOV? Specialized job bank and “Job Central” bank of over 500,000 jobsNational Association of State Workforce AgenciesDirect Employers – Fortune 500 companiesJob resource toolsresume builderinterviewing skillscareer resourcesLink to other VA benefits and serviceson line application for VR&E – Chapter 31 servicesEducational BenefitsNote:Emphasize key points:-At VetSuccess.gov website – veterans and servicemembers have access to over 500,000 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. Its easy and employers can view individuals’ resume.
14Programs of ServicesChapter 31 : Services to obtain and maintain suitable employment and/or to achieve maximum level of independence in daily livingChapter 36: Educational and vocational counseling forComprehensive in-home assessmentAssistive technologiesIndependent living skills trainingNote:-Chapter 31: Please refer to independent living slide.-Chapter 36:Individuals who are eligible for Chapter 36 services include the following: Transitioning service members who are-Within six months prior to discharge from active duty, or-Within one year following discharge from active dutyVisit or call to request VA Form , Application for Educational - Vocational Counseling
15Programs of ServicesChapter 18: Vocational training and rehabilitation benefits for children born with Spina Bifida of certain veterans who served in Vietnam or KoreaChapter 35 : Educational counseling for children and widows/spouses of veterans who have a permanent and total service connected disability.Note:Both programs require applicants to apply for benefits through the Education Department.-Chapter 18: Applicant can visit or call to obtain VA Form to apply for services-Chapter 35: Applicant can visit or call to obtain VA Form to apply for services