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64.116 Vocational Rehabilitation for Disabled Veterans
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Veterans' Rehabilitation and Education Amendments of 1980, Public Laws 96-466, 101-237, 101-508, 102-16, 102-83, 102-568, 104-275,38 U.S.C. 3102.
To provide all services and assistance necessary to enable service-disabled veterans and service persons hospitalized or receiving outpatient medical care services or treatment for a service- connected disability pending discharge to get and keep a suitable job. When employment is not reasonably feasible, the program can provide the needed services and assistance to help the individual learn skills to achieve maximum independence in daily living.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
The program offers the services and assistance necessary for an individual to obtain and retain suitable employment. This is employment that matches the individual's aptitudes, interests, and abilities and does not worsen the individual's disabilities. An individual may reach an employment goal directly by receiving employment search and work adjustment services. If direct placement is not possible, the program provides education or training to qualify the individual for employment. If the individual requires education or training, the program provides for direct payment to service providers for the entire cost of tuition, books, fees, supplies, and other services. As part or all of a rehabilitation program, individuals may receive services and training designed to help them live with a reduced dependency on others in their homes and communities. Counseling services are provided to the individual throughout his or her participation in the program. In addition to disability compensation, the veteran receives a monthly subsistence allowance. Advances of up to $896.48 may be made to veterans to meet unexpected financial difficulties. These advances do not bear interest and are repaid out of future VA or military benefit payments. Although no set repayment period is established, the monthly rate of repayment may not generally be less than 10 percent. In general, a new advance may not be made until a previous advance has been fully repaid. Usually, the training phase of the rehabilitation program may not exceed 4 years nor may training be provided more than 12 years after the individual becomes eligible to apply for the program. Following training, or sometimes as the whole of a rehabilitation program, the veteran may also receive up to 18 months of counseling, job placement and post-placement services. The veteran may receive an employment adjustment allowance equal to 2 months of subsistence during this period of services, but only if employability was achieved as a result of services received in a program which included training. Veterans who meet certain requirements may receive an initial supply of goods and commodities to start a small business.
Applicant Eligibility: Veterans of World War II and later service with a service-connected disability or disabilities rated at least 20 percent compensable and certain service-disabled servicepersons pending discharge or release from service if VA determines the servicepersons will likely receive at least a 20 percent rating and they need vocational rehabilitation because of an employment handicap. Veterans with a 10 percent service-connected disability may be eligible if they first applied for vocational rehabilitation prior to November 1, 1990, and they have an employment handicap. In addition, veterans with compensable ratings of 10 percent may also be eligible if they are found to have a serious employment handicap.
Pre-application Coordination: None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: Not applicable.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: The veteran's progress is monitored throughout the rehabilitation program to assure that goals and objectives of the veteran's rehabilitation plan are carried out. The plan extends throughout the veteran's rehabilitation program to include, when applicable, the securing of and adjusting to employment.
Account Identification: 36-0137-0-1-702; 36-4114-0-3-702; 36-4112-0-3-702.
In fiscal year 2001, 65,708 participated in vocational rehabilitation: 3,970 of these received loans. Estimates for subsequent periods are: fiscal year 2002, 66,037 participants and 5,085 loans, and fiscal year 2003, 66,367 participants and 5,300 loans.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
38 CFR 21.40-21.47; "Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents," VA Pamphlet 80-00-1, $5.00, available from Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954. The stock number is: 051-000-00220-2. "Vocational Rehabilitation - Your Key to an Independent Future," VA Pamphlet 28-82-1, free, available from any VA regional office.
Regional or Local Office: See Appendix IV of the Catalog for Veterans Benefits Administration field offices.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Direct payment for specified use; payments are made directly to the providers of goods or services for program participants; payments include tuition, fees, books, supplies, tutoring, professional services, and medical care if not available in a VA facility; advances are made to program participants to meet unexpected financial obligations which might hinder continued program progress.