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How to Apply for VA Vocational Rehab and Employment

Find out how to apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E).

How to apply if you already have your VA disability rating

  1. Log in to your eBenefits account.

  2. Click Additional Benefits on your dashboard.

  3. Click Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program.

  4. Apply for the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program.

  5. If you’re eligible, we’ll invite you to an orientation session at your nearest VA regional office.

How do I apply?

You can apply online right now.

Go to eBenefits to Apply

What if I’m a Servicemember who hasn’t yet received a service-connected disability rating?

You don’t need to wait for a rating. Instead, please fill out VA Vocational Rehabilitation - Getting Ahead After You Get Out (VA Form 28-0588).
Download VA Form 28-0588.

You may be eligible for VR&E benefits and services if you’re in at least one of the below situations.

At least one of these must be true. You’re:

  • Going through the Physical Evaluation Board process, or
  • Expecting an other than dishonorable discharge and have a VA memorandum rating of 20% or more, or
  • Entered in the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES).
    Learn more about accessing VR&E services through IDES.

Please note: Severely injured active-duty Servicemembers can automatically receive VR&E benefits before VA issues a disability rating, because of Sec. 1631(b) of the National Defense Authorization Act (PL 110-181). The sunset date of that law has been extended to September 30, 2018, through Sec. 724 of Public Law 113-291.

What happens after I apply?

After you apply, we’ll schedule a meeting for you with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) to find out if you have an employment handicap and if you’re eligible for VR&E benefits and services. You have an employment handicap if your service-connected disability limits your ability to prepare for, obtain, and maintain suitable employment (a job that doesn’t make your disability worse, is stable, and matches your abilities, aptitudes, and interests).

After we make an entitlement decision, you and your counselor will work together to develop a rehabilitation plan. This plan outlines the rehabilitation and other services that VR&E will provide.

You can also meet with VRCs called VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) Counselors at schools participating in the VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) program.
Learn more about VetSuccess on Campus.