Employment & Education

Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment
VA can help veterans with service-connected disabilities prepare for, find and keep suitable employment. For veterans with serious service connected disabilities, VA also offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible. Some of the services VA provides are:
  • Career Exploration: Vocational counseling and planning
  • Education Training: If needed, education training to accomplish the rehabilitation goal
  • Job Search: Assistance in finding and maintaining suitable employment
  • Rehabilitation Service: Supportive rehabilitation and counseling services
  • Vocational Evaluation: An evaluation of abilities, skills, interests, and needs
  • Vocational Training: If needed, training such as on-the-job and non-paid work experience
Time Limits
You generally have 12 years from the date VA informs you in writing that you have at least a 10% rating for a service-connected disability.

Education & Training
VA pays benefits to eligible veterans, reservists, and active duty service members while they are in an approved education or training program. Based on the type of military service, the following benefit programs are available.

Active Duty Service
Persons who first entered active duty after June 30, 1985, are generally eligible under the Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30). Those who entered active duty for the first time after December 31, 1976,and before July 1, 1985, are generally eligible under the Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP).

Reserve & Guard Service
Benefits are available to Reserve and National Guard members under one of two conditions:
  • The Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 1606) is for individuals who signed a 6-year commitment with a reserve unit after June 30, 1985, and remain actively drilling and in good standing with their unit.
  • The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1607) is for individuals who were activated under Federal authority for a contingency operation and served 90 continuous days or more after September 11, 2001.
Time Limits
Generally, veterans have 10 years from the date they were last released from active duty to use their education and training benefits, and Reserve and National Guard members have 14 years from the date they became eligible for the program unless they leave the Selected Reserves before completing their obligation.