Benefit Details
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services for Veterans with Disabilities
Managing Agency U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Program Description

Vocational 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:

  • Reemployment
  • Rapid Access to Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • Independent Living Services
  • Employment through Long Term Services

General Program Requirements

In 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.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

To complete an application, use VA Form 28-1900, "Disabled Veterans Application for Vocational Rehabilitation." You can complete the application online on the Veterans On-Line Application (VONAPP) webiste. You can download the form on the VA Forms page.

Program Contact Information

For more information, visit the Veteran Benefits Administration (VBA) Fact Sheet page or the VRE homepage.

If you have questions:
  • Visit to search Frequently Asked Questions or ask a question on-line
  • Call 1-800-827-1000
  • Call 1-800-829-4833 if you are hearing impaired