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Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)

Independent Living

Independent Living

Independent Living services may be provided to individuals who are not currently able to work because of the effects of service-connected disabilities. Provided services are limited to those required to improve independence at home and in the community.

Each Individualized Independent Living Plan is personalized to meet the individual's specific needs. In general, independent living services cannot last more than 24 months. Services may be extended if certain criteria are met.

Individuals who are pursuing employment goals may also receive independent living services if these services are required to support the achievement of their vocational objective.

Independent living services may include:

  • Evaluation and counseling services to help determine independent living needs and identify goals
  • Coordination of consultations with specialists such as physicians, physical and/or occupational therapists, and rehabilitation engineers
  • Information about and referral to resources which may provide health care services, special technology and equipment, community living support, disability support and family counseling
  • Information and assistance with exploring eligibility for VA home modification benefits including the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant and the Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) grant
  • Ongoing case support to help individuals achieve the independent living goals included in the Individualized Independent Living Plan