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Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)

Independent Living

Independent Living

Individuals whose service-connected disabilities require intensive and frequent rehabilitation supports may not be ready and able to work.  When these indvduals need help to become more independent in their homes and communities, VA’s Independent Living services can help them by providing assistance that may eventually enable them to pursue employment.

Each independent living plan is personalized to meet the individual's needs. In general, these services last up to 24 months, but services may be extended if certain criteria are met.

Individuals who are pursuing employment goals may also receive independent living services when these services are needed 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
  • Consultations with specialists such as physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and rehabilitation engineers
  • Information about and referral to resources such as health care services, special technology and equipment, community living support, and family counseling
  • Information and assistance with exploring eligibility for home modification programs such as the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant, and Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) grant
  • Ongoing case support to help achieve independent living goals