Program DescriptionVocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E) is an employment-oriented program that helps transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans with service-connected disabilities and employment handicaps to prepare for, find, and keep suitable employment. Services may include employment assistance, short and long-term training, purchase of required supplies, and on- the-job training.
For veterans with compensable service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, the program offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.
VR&E utilizes the five tracks to employment model in the provision of services. These tracks are:
- Rapid Access to Employment
- Independent Living Services
- Employment through Long Term Services
General Program RequirementsIn order to be considered for this benefit program, you must be:
- A Veteran with a service-connected disability of 10% or higher, OR
- A service-disabled active duty person who is awaiting discharge due to a medical condition and referred through a military Physical Evaluation Board.
Reservists and National Guard members who are activated for Federal service OR who are disabled while on training status are considered Veterans.
Commissioned Officers of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are considered to be active duty members and Veterans, once discharged.
Generally, in order to receive Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and services the Veteran/Servicemember's character of discharge or service must be under other than dishonorable conditions (e.g., honorable, under honorable conditions, general). However, individuals receiving undesirable, bad conduct, and other types of dishonorable discharges may qualify for VA benefits depending on a determination made by VA.