Vocational Rehabilitation

Under the vocational rehabilitation program (chapter 31) eligible veterans are assisted in selecting a rehabilitation goal and developing an individualized rehabilitation plan, leading to employment.

The services that may be provided to Chapter 31 veterans in training include vocation vocational and personal counseling, education and training, medical and dental treatment and subsistence allowance. Eligible veterans may receive up to 48 months of training benefits; however, the length of the program is based on the individualized written rehabilitation plan.

Who is Eligible? 

Usually, you must be awarded a monthly VA disability compensation payment. In some cases, you may be eligible if you aren’t getting VA compensation (for example, you are awaiting discharge for the service because of a disability, OR you are entitled to VA compensation but have decided not to reduce your military retirement or disability pay.

Eligibility is based on the following:

  • You served on or after September 16, 1940 AND
  • Your service-connected disabilities are rated at least 20% disabling by VA AND
  • You need Vocational Rehabilitation to overcome an employment handicap AND
  • It has been less than 12 years since VA notified you or your eligibility

How to apply 

You can apply by filling out VA Form 28-1900, Disabled Veterans Application for Vocational Rehabilitation and mail it to the VA regional office that serves your area.