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									Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment




     Installation Management Command
               HEAL, HELP, HIRE
              September 25, 2008
                Program Intent



Provide services to assist veterans with service
  connected disabilities to:
  • achieve maximum independence in daily living
  • become employable
  • obtain and maintain suitable employment




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                  Programs of Services


•   Chapter 31: Services to obtain and maintain suitable
    employment and/or to achieve maximum level of
    independence in daily living
•   Chapter 35: Educational counseling for children and
    widows/spouses of veterans who have a permanent
    and total service connected disability
•   Chapter 36: Educational/vocational counseling
•   Chapter 18: Vocational training and rehabilitation
    benefits for children born with Spina Bifida of certain
    veterans who served in Vietnam or Korea



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                Application Process


VA Form 28-1900 Disabled Veterans
Application for Vocational Rehabilitation.
• Servicemembers
• Veterans


VA Form 28-0588 Vocational Rehabilitation and
Employment-Getting Ahead After You Get Out
• Servicemembers requesting a VA C&P
  Memorandum Rating



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            Application Process Cont…


Where can servicemembers and veterans
apply for VR&E Services?
 • On-line
    –www.va.gov
    –www.vetsuccess.gov
 • Mail applications to their local Regional
   Office.
 • In person at their local Regional Office




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Chapter 31 Process




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                                            Chapter 31 Process

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      Application     Entitlement Decision      Evaluation and Planning         Tracks        Employment Services        Rehabilitated

• Application received                  • Work with veteran to identify track       • On-going case management (max of
  (VONAP or 28-1900)                                                                  18 months)
• Veteran’s eligibility                 • Establish vocational or independent
                                          living goal                               • Provide employment services
  established (GED                                                                      • Vetsuccess.gov
  processing used to                    • Define services needed                        • Interview skills
  establish pending 719)                • Develop written plan of services              • Job placement assistance
• Schedule veteran for                                                                  • Referral to DOL
  initial counseling
  appointment if eligible
                                                                             Re-Employment

             • VRC meets with veteran
                                                                              Rapid Access                           • Held suitable
             • Conduct VR&E orientation to include                           To Employment                             employment
               Five Tracks Video                                                                                       or improved
                                                                           Self Employment                             ability to live
             • Conduct vocational evaluation to                                                                        independently
               assess skills, abilities & interests                       (monitor 1 yr min)
                                                                              Employment
             • Determine employment handicap
                                                                             Thru Long-Term
               (VR&E entitlement criteria) and serious
                                                                                 Services
               EH
                                                                            Indep. Living
             • Determine feasibility for employment
                                                                       (24 mo. max with 6 mo.
                                                                           Ext by VR&EO)




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              Eligibility Criteria

Active Duty Servicemembers:
• Expect to receive a honorable discharge upon
  separation from AD
• Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment
• Obtain a memorandum rating from VA
Veterans:
• Honorable or other than dishonorable discharge
• VA service-connected disability rating
• Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment



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       Basic Benefit Information



Maximum 48 months of entitlement

Must be utilized within 12 years from
the date of initial VA disability rating
notification




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             Receiving Services



To receive services
• the individual must participate in an evaluation
  with a counselor
• a VA counselor must determine if the individual
  has an employment handicap

Entitlement to services is based upon need




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    Five Track Employment Model


Re-employment
Rapid Access to Employment
Self-Employment
Employment through Long Term Services
Independent Living




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            Five-Track Employment Process
                               Employment
                                Orientation


                                Entitlement
                               Determination


                                  Track
                                 Selection




                                               Employment Thru
                                               Employment Thru
                Employment
                 Employment         Self
                                    Self                         Independent
                                                                 Independent
Re-Employment
Re-Employment                                    Long Term
                                                 Long Term
                Rapid Access
                Rapid Access     Employment
                                 Employment                         Living
                                                                    Living
                                                   Services
                                                   Services


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                Re-employment


For individuals separating from active duty,
National Guard, or Reserves
Return to previous employers
Services include:
•   Job accommodations
•   Job modifications
•   Work adjustment assistance
•   Consultation with employer



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         Rapid Access to Employment


For individuals seeking employment soon after
separation or who already have necessary skills to
be competitive in the job market

Services include:
•   Resume writing and job search assistance
•   Interviewing skills training
•   Job accommodations
•   Refresher courses
•   Licensure and certification
•   Post-employment adjustment services



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         Employment Through Long-Term
                   Services

For individuals needing specialized training and/or
education to obtain and maintain suitable
employment

Services may include:
•   On-the-Job Training (OJT)
•   Apprenticeships and internships
•   Higher education or vocational training
•   Tuition/fees/books/tools
•   Tutoring
•   Subsistence allowance


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                 Self-Employment

For individuals with limited access to traditional
employment, or who need flexible work schedules
or a more accommodating work environment due
to their disabilities

Services include:
•   Analysis of viability of business concept
•   Development of a business plan
•   Training in small business operations
•   Marketing assistance
•   Guidance on obtaining resources



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            Independent Living


For individuals not able to work who need
rehabilitation services to live more independently

 Services include:
 •   Comprehensive in-home assessment
 •   Assistive technologies
 •   Independent living skills training
 •   Connection to community-based support services
 •   Case management services
 •   Coordination with VA’s Specially Adapted Housing
     Program



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QUESTIONS?


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