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Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment

Independent Living

Independent Living

Veterans whose service-connected disabilities require intensive and frequent rehabilitation may not be ready and able to work. VA’s Independent Living services can help them live independently in their homes and communities, and provides support so that eventually they may be able to return to work.

Each independent living plan is personalized to meet the individual Veteran’s needs. In general, Veterans can receive up to 24 months of support to help them live independently in their homes and communities to the greatest extent possible.

Veterans who are not able to pursue an employment goal and who need support to become more independent may receive Independent Living support from VA. Veterans who are pursuing employment goals may also receive additional, related services to enable them to perform their daily activities independently as part of their employment plan.

Independent living services may include:

  • Evaluation and counseling services to help you determine your independent living needs and identify your goals
  • Consultations with specialists who can help to identify independent living needs, such as medical doctors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and rehabilitation engineers
  • Information and referral to resources such as health care services, special technology and equipment, community living support, and family counseling
  • Information and assistance with home modification programs such as the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant, and Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) grant