General Information About the Vocational Rehabilitation Program
This program provides services and assistance necessary for service-connected
disabled veterans to achieve independence and to obtain and maintain suitable
employment. Vocational Rehabilitation can include college, technical school or
on-the-job training or special training at rehabilitation facilities or at home
when it is necessary because of a serious disability.
Vocational Rehabilitation services include, in part, assessment, counseling,
training, subsistence allowances and employment assistance. VA also will assist
you in job placement. While you are enrolled in a Vocational Rehabilitation
program, VA pays the cost of tuition, fees, required books, supplies and
equipment. VA also may pay for special supportive services such as medical and
dental care, prosthetic devices, lip-reading training and signing for the deaf.
If you have an other than dishonorable discharge, you may be entitled to
Vocational Rehabilitation benefits if BOTH of the following conditions are met:
- You have a service-connected disability(ies) and VA has awarded you at
least 20 percent compensation. Effective October 1, 1993, a veteran with a
10 percent disability evaluation may also be eligible if a serious
employment handicap is evident.
- VA determines that you need vocational rehabilitation to overcome an
impairment to your ability to prepare for, obtain or retain employment
consistent with your abilities, aptitudes and interests. Your
service-connected disability must materially contribute to this employment
If you are eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation benefits, you may receive
up to 4 years of rehabilitation services. Generally, you must complete a
rehabilitation program within 12 years from the date VA notifies you of your
entitlement to compensation benefits.
Your CVSO can assist you in obtaining relevant documents and submitting your
claim to the appropriate VA regional office. Please contact us so that we
may offer our assistance and guidance.