Veteran Readiness and Employment (VRE)
If you have a service-connected disability that makes it hard for you to succeed in your employment path, you may be interested in the Employment Through Long-Term Services track. Our training can help you find work in a different field that better suits your current abilities and interests.
Employment Through Long-term Services Track
You may be eligible for these benefits if you’re a service member or Veteran with a service-connected disability, and you meet all of the requirements listed below.
All of these must be true:
- You have an employment barrier or handicap, and
- You’re enrolled in VR&E, and
- Your service-connected disability makes it hard for you to prepare for, obtain, and maintain suitable employment (a job that doesn’t make your disability worse, is stable, and matches your abilities, aptitudes, and interests)
What kind of benefits can I get?
- A complete skills assessment
- Career guidance
- Job-market evaluation
- Education and training for a professional or vocational field that’s a good fit for you
- Apprenticeship, on-the-job training, and volunteer opportunities
- Employment assistance
VR&E provides tuition costs, books, fees, and equipment. The program also provides a monthly allowance during training.
The basic period of eligibility
There is a 12-year basic period of eligibility for VR&E services. The period begins on the latter of the following dates:
- Date of separation from active duty
- The date you were first notified of a service-connected disability rating
Where Should You Start?
THE INDIVIDUAL CLASSES (126 Hours) INCLUDE:
- Amazon Web Services Certified Solutions Architect – Associate
- Big Data Analytics Tableau and Splunk
- Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
- Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
- Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
- CompTIA Cloud+
- CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+)
- CompTIA Network+
- CompTIA Security+
- CompTIA Security+ | 72 hours
- Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) | 72 hours
- Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) | 144 hours
- CompTIA Security+ | 72 hours
- Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) | 72 hours
- Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) | 72 hours
Who is entitled to receive VR&E services?
Active-duty Servicemembers who:
- Expect to receive an honorable discharge
- Obtain a VA memorandum rating of 20 percent or more
- Are participating in the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) or have an injury or illness that prevents them from performing military duties
- Servicemembers participating in IDES are presumed entitled
- Are determined by VR&E to need vocational rehabilitation services
- Have received an honorable or other than dishonorable discharge
- Have a VA service-connected disability rating of:
- 10 percent with a serious employment handicap, or
- 20 percent or more with an employment handicap
- Are determined by VR&E to need rehabilitation services
How do I get these benefits?
First, you’ll need to apply for VR&E benefits. Then, you’ll work with your Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC). If you’ve received your VA disability rating, you can apply online right now.
Go to a VA regional office and have a VA employee help you.
Find a VA regional office near you
With the help of a trained professional
You can work with a trained professional called an accredited representative to get help applying for VR&E benefits.
Get help filing your claim
Note: You can apply if you’re a service member who hasn’t received a disability rating yet.
Get more information
- Connect with your local VA Regional Office to speak with a VR&E representative. You can find your closest VA Regional Office here: https://www.benefits.va.gov/benefits/offices.asp
- Call 800-827-1000
- Visit https://www.va.gov/careers-employment/vocational-rehabilitation/