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 equipment, and on-the-job training.

For Servicemembers and Veterans with compensable service-connected disabilities so severe that they may not be ready for work, the program offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible in their homes and community. The support these Veterans are provided may eventually enable them to return to work.

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 percent 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 program.

Application Process

To complete an application, use VA Form 28-1900, "Disabled Veterans Application for Vocational Rehabilitation." You can download the form on the VA Forms page. You can also apply on-line through the eBenefits website.

Program Contact Information

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

If you have questions:

  • Visit the Inquiry Routing & Information System (IRIS) website 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