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VR&E Self-Employment Track

If you’re a Servicemember or Veteran with a service-connected disability and an employment barrier who has the strong desire, skills, and drive to run a successful business, you may be interested in the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Self-Employment track. Find out if you can get help starting your own business.

Can I get help starting my own business through the VR&E Self-Employment track?

You may be eligible for these benefits if you’re a Servicemember or Veteran with a service-connected disability, and you meet all of the requirements listed below.

All of these must be true:

  • You have an employment barrier or handicap, and
  • You’re enrolled in VR&E, and
  • Your service-connected disability makes it hard for you 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)

What kind of benefits can I get through the VR&E Self-Employment track?

  • Coordination services and help with developing a proposed business plan
  • Analysis of your business concept
  • Training in small-business operations, marketing, and finances
  • Guidance in getting the right resources to implement your business plan

After you develop your business plan, we’ll review it and evaluate whether self-employment and the proposed business are viable options.


How do I get these benefits?

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

If you have your VA disability rating, follow these steps to apply:

  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 benefit office.

Ready to apply?

Go to eBenefits to Apply

Find out how to apply if you haven’t yet received a disability rating.


Get more information

We offer opportunities to get training and practical hands-on work experience at the same time through programs like:

  • The VR&E Special Employer Incentives (SEI) program for eligible Veterans who face challenges getting a job.
    Download the SEI program fact sheet.
  • The VR&E Non-Paid Work Experience (NPWE) program for eligible Veterans and Servicemembers who have an established career goal and learn easily in a hands-on environment—or are having trouble getting a job due to lack of work experience.
    Download the NPWE program fact sheet.

We also offer: