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Veteran Readiness and Employment

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA), assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities find jobs.
Veteran Readiness and Employment

Overview

The Veteran Readiness and Employment program, administered by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs.  For Veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, this program offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.

Program services include:

  • Comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation to determine abilities, skills, and interests for employment
  • Vocational counseling and rehabilitation planning for employment services
  • Employment services such as job-training, job-seeking skills, resume development, and other work readiness assistance
  • Assistance finding and keeping a job, including the use of special employer incentives and job accommodations
  • On the Job Training (OJT), apprenticeships, and non-paid work experiences
  • Post-secondary training at a college, vocational, technical, or business school
  • Supportive rehabilitation services including case management, counseling, and medical referrals
  • Independent living services for Veterans unable to work due to the severity of their disabilities

Eligibility

    You’re eligible to apply for VR&E benefits and services if you meet both of these requirements: 

    All of these must be true:

    • You didn’t receive a dishonorable discharge, and
    • You have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10% from VA

    When we receive your VR&E application, we’ll schedule your initial evaluation with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC). The VRC will determine if you’re entitled to receive VR&E benefits and services.  

    If you were discharged from active duty before January 1, 2013, your basic period of eligibility ends 12 years from one of these dates, whichever comes later:

    • The date you received notice of your date of separation from active duty, or
    • The date you received your first VA service-connected disability rating

    The basic period of eligibility may be extended if a VRC finds that you have a serious employment handicap (SEH). Having an SEH means your service-connected disability significantly limits your ability to prepare for, obtain, and maintain suitable employment (a job that doesn’t make your disability worse; is stable; and matches your abilities, aptitudes, and interests).

    If you were discharged from active duty on or after January 1, 2013, the 12-year basic period of eligibility doesn’t apply to you. There’s no time limit on your eligibility.

     

    Apply

    Online:

    Apply for VR&E benefits

     

    By mail:

    Fill out an Application for Veteran Readiness and Employment For Claimants with Service-Connected Disabilities (VA Form 28-1900).

    Download Form 28-1900

    Send your completed application to:

    Department of Veterans Affairs
    VR&E Intake Center
    PO Box 5210
    Janesville, WI 53547-5210

    Contact Assistance

    If you need assistance, or just want to learn more about the benefits and services you may be eligible for, schedule an appointment with one of our Veterans Benefits Advisors, all Veterans themselves.

    • Call 1-888-838-7697 to speak to an advisor.
    • Schedule a phone or video consultation online.
    • Use our search to find a Services Office near you.