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64.125 Vocational and Educational Counseling for Servicemembers and Veterans
VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Veterans Education and Employment Programs Amendments, Public Law 102-16, 38 U.S.C. 3697A.
To offer vocational and educational counseling to servicemembers within 180 days of their projected discharge or release from active duty and to veterans within 1 year from the date of their discharge or release from active duty.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
The program provides the counseling services necessary to enable the servicemember or veteran to select educational and vocational objectives. The program also assists the veteran to identify the means through which these objectives will be achieved. Counseling may also be provided to aid the veteran to cope with personal problems which might interfere with the successful achievement of the educational and vocational objectives. As part of vocational counseling, the program can help the individual to develop an employment plan. This plan directs the individual to make the best use of his or her existing aptitudes and abilities to obtain employment. These services are provided by professionally qualified counseling psychologists, who are either VA staff members or under contract to VA. To apply for and receive this benefit, servicemembers must be within 180 days of projected discharge or release from active duty. Veterans must apply for and receive this benefit within 1 year from the date of discharge or release or release from active duty. For servicemembers, the projected discharge or release from active duty must be under conditions other than dishonorable. For veterans, the discharge or release from active duty must have been under conditions other than dishonorable.
Applicant Eligibility: Servicemembers must be within 180 days of projected discharge or release from active duty. Veterans must be within 1 year from the date of discharge or release from active duty. For servicemembers, the projected discharge or release from active duty must be under conditions other than dishonorable. For veterans, the discharge or release from active duty must have been under conditions other than dishonorable.
Pre-application Coordination: None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: Not applicable.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Not applicable.
Account Identification: 36-0137-0-1-702.
In fiscal year 2001, 10,940 individuals received vocational and educational counseling. This included service members and veterans who received these services under Public Law 102-16, who are not separately identifiable.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
38 CFR 21.4100; "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. "VA Counseling Can Help You," the VA pamphlet portion of VA Form 28-8821, Application for Counseling, free, is available from any VA office or 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:
Contract counseling psychologists are selected on the basis of 1) their academic credentials and experience in vocational and educational counseling, 2) their location in relation to the geographic dispersion of available clients for referral, and 3) costs of the services to be provided.