This mission of this program is to provide veterans with service-connected disabilities
to prepare for, find and keep suitable jobs. For those with severe disabilities who
cannot work, VR&E offers services to improve their ability to live as independently
The basic eligibility period in which VR&E services may be used is 12 years from the
latter of the date of separation from active military service, or the date the veteran
was first notified by the VA of a service-connected disability rating. This may be
extended if a vocational rehabilitation counselor (VRC) determines the veteran has
a serious employment handicap.
Visit the VA's Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program – Chapter 31 webpage for comprehensive details about and eligibility requirements for about this benefit.
To apply for Chapter 31 benefits:
- Complete VA Form 28-1900 (Disabled Veterans Application for Vocational Rehabilitation),
which can be obtained from your vocational rehabilitation counselor (VRC). The VRC
- not WCTC - coordinates the application process.
- Complete and submit the WCTC Enrollment Certification form, which is also available in the Financial Aid office. This is required for every
academic term to have WCTC certify your benefits.
VA will pay required costs, such as tuition and books, fees, supplies, equipment and,
if needed, special services. While in training, the VA will also pay a monthly benefit
– a subsistence allowance – to help with living expenses. The VA will send a benefits
award letter once eligibility is confirmed.