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Educational and Career Counseling (Chapter 36)

If you’re leaving active service soon, find out how to get free educational and career counseling (also called Chapter 36).

Can I get educational and career counseling?

You can get these services if you’ll be discharged from active duty within 6 months or if you meet both of the requirements listed below.

Both of these must be true. You:

  • Separated from active duty not more than 1 year ago and didn’t receive a dishonorable discharge, and
  • Qualify as a Veteran for educational assistance under a VA educational program

Note: If you’re the dependent of a Veteran, you may also qualify for educational and career counseling.
Learn more about employment benefits for dependents

What benefits can I get?

  • Counseling to help you decide which civilian or military jobs you want
  • Educational and career counseling to help you find a training program or job
  • Academic and adjustment counseling to help you deal with issues that get in the way of your success in training or employment

How do I get these benefits?

First, you’ll need to apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment benefits. Then, you’ll work with your Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC).

Follow these steps to apply online now

  1. Sign in to your eBenefits account.
  2. Click Additional Benefits on your dashboard.
  3. Choose Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program.
  4. Apply for Educational and Career Counseling.
  5. If you're eligible, we’ll invite you to an orientation session at your nearest VA regional benefit office.

Go to eBenefits to Apply

You can also apply by mail

Fill out an Educational/Vocational Counseling Application (VA Form 28-8832).
Download VA Form 28-8832

Mail the completed form to your nearest VA regional benefit office.
Find your nearest VA regional benefit office

If you qualify, we’ll invite you to an orientation session at a VA regional benefit office near you.

Get more information

Watch this video to learn more about VR&E Chapter 36 services

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