Thursday, June 16, 2011

Approved for Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits

United States Department of Veterans Affairs Seal

I recently was approved for Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits from the Veterans Affairs. I will try to report on the process for approval and give a review of the Voc Rehab program that the VA is offering to disabled veterans.

The section below explains what the program is and what it offers to veterans that qualify. This quotation  was used from the VA website.

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program helps servicemembers and Veterans with service-connected disabilities prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For Veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VR&E offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible. Vocational rehabilitation services include a vocational evaluation (i.e. assessment of interests, aptitudes, and abilities), vocational counseling and planning, employment services (i.e. job seeking skills and job placement assistance), training for suitable employment, supportive rehabilitation services, and independent living services. Generally, a Veteran must complete a program of rehabilitation services within 12 years from the date of VA notification of entitlement to service-connected disability compensation. This period may be deferred or extended if a medical condition prevents the Veteran from pursuing rehabilitation services for a period of time, or if the Veteran has a serious employment handicap.

[edit]Vocational and Educational Counseling

VBA can also provide a wide range of vocational and educational counseling services to servicemembers still on active duty, as well as Veterans and dependents who are eligible for one of VA's educational benefit programs. These services are designed to help an individual choose a vocational direction and determine the course needed to achieve the chosen goal. Assistance may include interest and aptitude testing, occupational exploration, setting occupational goals, locating the right type of training program, and exploring educational or training facilities which might be utilized to achieve a vocational goal.

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