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Chapter 31

Vocational Rehabilitation

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The DVA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (VR&E) is authorized by Congress under Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 21. It is sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 Program. The mission of VR&E is to help 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, VR&E offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.

Services that may be provided by VR&E include:

  • Comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation to determine abilities, skills, interests and needs
  • Vocational counseling and rehabilitation planning
  • Employment services such as job-seeking skills, resume development, and other work readiness assistance
  • If needed, training such as On-the-Job Training (OJT), apprenticeships and non-paid work experiences
  • If needed, post-secondary training at a college, vocational, technical or business school
  • Supportive rehabilitation services including case management, counseling and referral



The basic period of eligibility in which VR&E services may be used is 12 years from the latter oft he following:

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


To receive an evaluation for VR&E services, a veteran must:

  • Have received, or will receive, a discharge that is other than dishonorable
  • Have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10 percent
  • Submit a completed application for VR&E services



After eligibility is determined, the veteran is scheduled to meet with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) for a comprehensive evaluation to determine whether the veteran is entitled to services. The comprehensive evaluation includes:

  • An assessment of the veteran's interests, aptitudes and abilities
  • An assessment of whether services connected-disabilities impart the veteran's ability to find and/or hold a job using the occupational skills he or she has already developed
  • Vocational exploration and goal development


Office of Veteran Student Services

Phone: Anschutz Office: 303.724.9649 or Denver Office: 303.315.7300

Street Address: Tivoli Student Union, Suite 124, 900 Auraria Parkway, Denver, CO 80204

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 173364, Campus 155, Denver, CO 80217-3364



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