Educational and Vocational Counseling Services
The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program provides educational and vocational
counseling to service members, veterans, and certain dependents (U.S.C. Title 38, Section 3697). These counseling services are designed to help an individual choose a vocational direction, determine the course needed to achieve the chosen
goal, and evaluate the career possibilities open to them.
Assistance may include interest
and aptitude testing, occupational exploration, setting occupational goals, locating the right type of training program, and
exploring educational or training facilities which can be utilized to achieve an occupational goal. Counseling services include, but are not limited to, educational and vocational counseling and guidance; testing; analysis of and recommendations
to improve job marketing skills; identification of employment, training, and financial aid resources; and referrals to other
agencies providing these services.
Eligibility for this service
is based on having eligibility for a VA program such as Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill); Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation
and Employment); Chapter 32 (Veterans Education Assistance Program – VEAP); Chapter 35 (Dependents Education Assistance
Program) for certain spouses and dependent children; Chapter 18 (Spina Bifida Program) for certain dependent children; and
Chapter 106 and 107 of Title 10.
Educational and vocational counseling is available during the period the individual is on active duty with the armed forces and is within 180 days of the estimated
date of his or her discharge or release from active duty. The projected discharge must be under conditions
other than dishonorable. Service members are eligible even if they are only considering whether or not
they will continue as members of the armed forces. Veterans are eligible if not more than one year has
elapsed since the date the individual was last discharged or released from active duty.
Veterans and service members may apply for the counseling services using VA Form 28-8832, Application for Counseling. Veterans and service members may also write a letter expressing a desire for counseling services.
Upon receipt of either type of request for counseling from an eligible individual, the VR&E Division will schedule an appointment for counseling. Counseling services are provided to eligible persons at no charge.