Vocational Rehabilitation

Chapter 31 and Chapter 36

Vocational Rehabilitation

You may receive Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment services to help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job-seeking skills coaching for those who are disabled and unable to work in traditional employment.


Active Duty Servicemembers are eligible if they

  • Expect to receive an honorable or other than dishonorable discharge upon separation from active duty
  • Obtain a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and
  • Apply for VR&E services


  • Are participating in the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) or are certified by the military as having a severe injury or illness that may prevent them from performing their military duties
  • Apply for VR&E services, and
  • Report for an evaluation with a VR and E counselor before separating from active duty

Veterans are eligible if they

  • Have received a discharge that is other than dishonorable
  • Have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10% from the VA
  • Apply for VR and E-services

The basic period of Eligibility

The basic period of eligibility ends 12 years from the date of notification of one of the following:

  • Date of separation from active military service, or
  • Date the Veteran was first notified by VA of a service-connected disability rating.

More information on Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Chapter Education 36 and Career Counseling.