Office of Veteran Affairs

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program CHAPTER 31, Title 38 U.S.C

  • Entitlement
  • Required Documents

VA.GOV for Chapter 31

Who is eligible?

Active Duty Service Members are eligible if they:

  • Expect to receive an honorable discharge upon separation from active duty
  • Obtain a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services

Veterans are eligible if they:

  • Have received, or will receive, a discharge that is other than dishonorable
  • Have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10%, or a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services

How is Entitlement Determined?

A VA Counselor decides if a veteran has an employment handicap based upon the results of the comprehensive evaluation. Entitlement to services is established if the veteran has a 20% service-connected disability and an employment handicap. If the disability is 10% service-connected, then a serious employment handicap must be found to establish entitlement to vocational rehabilitation services (see definitions for more details).
After an entitlement decision is made, the veteran and the counselor will work together to develop a rehabilitation plan.

Period of Eligibility

The basic period of eligibility in which VR&E services may be used is 12 years from the latter of the following:

  • Date of separation from active military service, or
  • Date the veteran was first notified by Department of VA of a service-connected disability rating.

The basic period of eligibility may be extended if a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) determines that a Veteran has a serious employment handicap

Requirements to maintain eligibility

A Comprehensive Evaluation is completed with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor that includes:

  • A full assessment of the veteran's interests, aptitudes, and abilities to determine whether the veteran is "entitled" to VR&E services
  • An assessment of whether service-connected disabilities impair the veteran's ability to find and/or hold a job using the occupational skills already attained
  • Vocational exploration and goal development


  • Comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation to determine abilities, skills, and interests for employment
  • Vocational counseling and rehabilitation planning for employment services
  • Employment services such as job-training, job-seeking skills, resume development, and other work readiness assistance
  • Assistance finding and keeping a job, including the use of special employer incentives and job accommodations
  • On the Job Training (OJT), apprenticeships, and non-paid work experiences
  • Post-secondary training at a college, vocational, technical or business school
  • Supportive rehabilitation services including case management, counseling, and medical referrals
  • Independent living services for Veterans unable to work due to the severity of their disabilities


Make sure that your Start and End date of classes for the term reflects your intended Monthly Rate.


Current Payment Rates: Effective October 1, 2015.

An individual eligible for Chapter 33 who is receiving benefits under Chapter 31 may elect to receive the applicable Chapter 33 Monthly Housing Allowance in lieu of the monthly subsistence allowance. Students should contact their Vocational Rehabilitation counselors for additional information. For more information click Here

FALL & SPRING TERMS Full Time One Half Time
Number of Dependents
No Dependents $605.44 $304.39
One Dependent $751.00 $377.14
Two Dependents $885.00 $443.31
Each Additional Dependent $64.50 $33.10
Student Category Chapter 31
Vocational Rehabilitation
First Time
Using Benefits

 Submit to Valencia:

  • VA Form 1905

Request from Valencia:

Transfer Students

 Submit to Valencia:

  • VA Form 1905

Request from Valencia:

Transient Students

 Submit to Valencia:

  • VA Form 1905

Request from Valencia:

  • C.O.E - (Certificate of Eligibility)
    • Obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-442-4551
  • 22-1905 - Authorization and Certification of Entrance or Reentrance into Rehabilitation and Certification of Status
    • Issued by the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor assigned
  • DD-214 - Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.
    • Issued upon a military service member's retirement, separation or discharge from active-duty military.

Example of Transient Form