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Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)


picture of woman servicememberFor Veterans

You may receive vocational rehabilitation and employment services to help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist Veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment. Click on the "How to Apply" tab to learn more and apply for vocational rehabilitation and employment services.

For Servicemembers and Veterans

VA's Education and Career Counseling program is a great opportunity for Servicemembers and Veterans to get personalized counseling and support to help guide their career paths, ensure the most effective use of their VA benefits, and achieve their goals. Learn more and apply for education and career counseling

picture of businessman with arms crossedFor Employers

Veterans leave military service with a wealth of transferable skills and professional experiences. Salary subsidies, assistive technology, tax incentives, non-paid work experiences, and special employer incentives may be available from VA to help you hire those who have served. Explore what VA offers to make hiring or rehiring a Veteran with a service-connected disability that much easier.

VA created a Veterans Employment Toolkit for employers.  This toolkit provides a variety of outside resources for employers, managers or supervisors, and human resource provessionals, including information about PTSD and TBI.  It also includes a link to Department of Labor's America's Heroes at Work site, which offers on-line trainings, webcasts, and presentations for employers and a Hiring Veterans Tookit as well as a TBI, PTSD and Employment Training Tool.

Find more information for employers.



picture of policeman with prosthetic leg assisting a girlFor Family Members

If you support a Veteran or Servicemember with a service-connected disability, who faces difficult employment challenges, there may be little left in the household budget for your higher education and career advancement. VA may offer assistance to help you assess your career goals and abilities, find your next job, further your education and skills, and identify places where you can get job training.

VA may extend vocational counseling and support to family members on topics including:


How to Apply

It's simple to apply.

  • Go to eBenefits.
  • Click on "Apply for Veterans Benefits via VONAPP".
  • Create a VONAPP account or login using your existing account.
  • Choose Vocational Rehabilitation (Form 28-1900) from the drop down menu and follow the prompts to fill out the form.
  • Servicemembers who have a disability that began or became worse during active duty and who have not yet received a Service-Connected Disability Rating do not need to wait to apply. See VA Form 28-0588 for further instructions.
  • Eligible Servicemembers and Veterans may also apply for educational vocational counseling by filling out VA Form 28-8832 electronically or by hand and submitting it to your nearest VA Regional Office.

For Servicemembers: Ill or injured Servicemembers who have not yet received an SCD rating do not need to wait to apply. Servicemembers expecting a discharge that other than dishonorable who possess a VA memorandum or Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) rating of 20 percent or more—as well as Servicemembers currently going through a Physical Evaluation Board—may be eligible to receive Vocational Rehabilitation (VocRehab) and Employment services.