For veterans and service members
You may receive Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) services (formerly known as Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment) to help with professional training, job placement, CV development, and job search skills coaching. Other services can be provided to assist veterans and service members with starting their own business or independent housing services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment. For more information on the VR&E program, see the VR&E Process page, as well as the tabs and links on this page. Click the “How to Apply” tab to apply for VR&E Services.
VA’s educational and career counseling program is a great opportunity for veterans and service members to receive personalized advice and support to guide their career paths, ensure the most effective use of their VA benefits, and achieve their goals. Find out more and apply for education and career guidance.
Veterans leave the military with a wealth of transferable skills and work experience. Salary subsidies, assistive technology, VA may offer unpaid work experience and special employer incentives to assist you in hiring staff. Find out what VA is offering to make the hiring or hiring of a veteran with a disability related to the service that much easier.
VA has created a Veterans Employment Toolkit for employers. This toolkit provides a variety of external resources, including information on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), for an employer, manager or supervisor, and HR professional. It also includes a link to the Department of Labor’s Heroes at Work website, which offers online training, webcasts, and presentations for employers and a toolkit for hiring veterans, as well as a TBI, PTSD, and employment training tool.
For family members
If you are serving a service veteran or service member with a disability who is facing difficult employment problems, there may be little left in their household budget for their higher education and career advancement. VA may offer assistance to help you assess your career goals and skills, find your next job, promote your education and skills, and identify places to get professional training.
VA can extend career counseling and support to family members on the following topics:
How do I apply?
Eligible Veterans and Service Members can apply for either Veteran Readiness and Employment Benefits or online education / career advice through eBenefits. It’s easy to use. Just follow these steps:
- Log in to your eBenefits account.
- Select “Additional Benefits” from your dashboard.
- Choose Veteran Readiness and Employment Program – be sure to read program information and update your contact information – and apply for either the Veteran Readiness and Employment Program or Education / Career Counseling.
- If you are determined to be eligible, you will be invited in person to an orientation session at the nearest VA regional office.
- Service members with a disability that began while on active duty or has worsened and who have not yet received a Service-Connected Disability (SCD) rating do not need to wait to apply. Please refer to VA form 28-0588 for further instructions.
For service members: Sick or injured service members who have not yet received an SCD rating don’t have to wait to apply. Service members who are expecting a dismissal other than dishonorable and who have a VA memorandum or an IDES (Integrated Disability Evaluation System) rating of 20 percent or more, as well as service members currently going through a Physical Evaluation Board, may be eligible to VR & Receive e-services.