Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E)

The Basics

If you are a military service member or veteran with a service-connected disability that limits your ability to work or prevents you from working, the Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) program can help you prepare for, find, and keep a job or career. It can also provide the support you need to let you live as independently as possible. VR&E is a program of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), it is sometimes called VA Chapter 31, and it used to be called Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment.

VR&E provides a range of services based on your needs and goals. This can include vocational counseling and planning, job training, help finding and keeping a job, on-the-job training, apprenticeships, education, counseling, medical referrals, independent living services, and more. Many VR&E services are designed to help you find and get suitable employment — a job that doesn’t make your disability worse; is stable; and matches your abilities, aptitudes, and interests.

To qualify for VR&E, you must have a VA disability rating of at least 10% and must not have received an other than honorable, bad conduct, or dishonorable discharge. To get a VA disability rating, you must provide evidence that your condition was either caused or made worse by your active-duty service. Learn more about VA Disability Ratings.

Note: For some injuries and illnesses, the VA automatically assumes (or “presumes”) that your military service caused your condition, and you do not have to prove that your disability is service-connected. Learn more about presumptive conditions.

When you apply for VR&E, a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) will work with you to see if you qualify for VR&E benefits and services. Learn more about eligibility for VR&E.

After you are approved for Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E), you and your counselor work together to create your rehabilitation plan. Your plan lists the VR&E services you can use to help you get education or training, find and keep a job, and live independently. Once your plan is created, your counselor provides ongoing counseling and helps you get tutoring, job training, medical referrals, and other support. You can typically get VR&E benefits and services for up to 48 months. Learn more about VR&E Benefits and Services.

Other VA benefits that help with education

The VA has other programs, such as several GI Bill programs, that help with paying tuition and housing, finding the right school or training program, and career counseling.

Learn more in DB101’s article about VA Education Benefits.