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Military Education Benefits Guide: Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation Education Program (Chapter 31)

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Benefits

VA may assist you in receiving vocational rehabilitation, employment services, and education and career counseling to help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching.

Once of the services offered through Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment is post-secondary training at a college, vocational, technical, or business school known as the Vocational Rehabilitation Education Program--this benefit is sometimes referred to as Chapter 31.

A veteran may be eligible for Chapter 31 benefits if he/she:

  • Is or will be discharged under other than dishonorable conditions
  • Incurred or aggravated a service-related disability which entitles him/her to VA disability compensation
  • Needs vocational rehabilitation due to his/her service-related disability creating an employment handicap

You can find more information about this program on this page or by clicking on the link below:


  1. Click on the link below and either Register or Log-In
  2. If it is determined that you are eligible, you will be invited to attend an orientation session, in-person, at the nearest VA Regional Office
  3. Service members who have a disability that began or became worse during active duty and who have not yet received a service-connected disability (SCD) rating do not need to wait to apply. See VA Form 28-0588 for further instructions
  4. You will meet with a VocRehab counselor to determine the best program to meet your needs.  Please provide the Military Specialist team with your VocRehab Couselors contact information.
  5. You will work with your Program Manager to gather required information for approval.

For Service members: Ill or injured Service members who have not yet received a SCD rating do not need to wait to apply. Service members expecting a discharge that is other than dishonorable who possess a VA memorandum or Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) rating of 20 percent or more—as well as Service members currently going through a Physical Evaluation Board—may be eligible to receive VR&E services.

Withdrawing From or Failing a Course

If you are considering or planning to withdraw from a course:


Withdrawing from the quarter or failing a course can result in an overpayment between the student and the VA. 

This overpayment will create a debt that can affect future payments from the VA.