Chapter 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation
Vocational Rehabilitation is a program for veterans with service-connected disabilities. The intent of the program is to help you become employed. The program provides 48 months of vocational training. You must be in a program that trains you to perform a job. The VA will cover your training and pay you a subsistence allowance. Note: If you are also eligible for the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, you may choose the higher of the two subsistance allowances (effective August 1, 2011).
To qualify while still in the service you must have a service-connected disability rated at twenty (20) percent or more.
To qualify as a veteran you must have an honorable or other than dishonorable discharge and have a VA disability rating of at least ten (10) percent.
Generally, you have a 12-year window to use this program. It begins on your date of separation from active military duty or the date you were first notified of a service-connected disability rating, whichever is later. But if you have a “serious employment handicap,” you may be given longer than 12 years to use your benefits. This will be determined by a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC).
July 2011; Updated January 2018