Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Chapter 31) provides educational assistance to veterans with a declared service-connected disability. Vocational Rehabilitation services enables those with disabilities to transition from military service to a successful rehabilitation and on to suitable employment and/or independent living. Vocational rehabilitation services may generally be provided for up to 48 months within a period of 12 years from the date he or she is notified of entitlement to VA disability compensation.
Effective August 1, 2011, those who are entitled to both Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Chapter 31) benefits AND Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) benefits are able to choose payment of an amount equal to the Post-9/11 GI Bill's monthly housing allowance instead of the Chapter 31 subsistence allowance. This means that you may be able to receive the case management supportive services and other benefits of the Voc. Rehab. program but elect to receive the housing allowance amount under Chapter 33 if it is higher than the Voc. Rehab. subsistence allowance. If you choose the housing allowance, the monthly amount will be based on an E-5 with dependents in the zip code where the institution providing rehabilitation is located.
If you're eligible under both Chapter 31 and Chapter 33, please talk with your counselor to determine how to make the best choice for your particular situation.
For more information about Chapter 31, please visit the Veterans Affairs website.
To apply, complete and submit to VA online: VA Form 28-1900, Vocational Rehabilitation. This is can done thru the VONAPP website.