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Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment

Chapter 31: VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment  (VR&E)

Active Duty Service Members that

  • Expect to receive an honorable discharge upon separation from active duty and
  • Obtain a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the VA

Veterans that

  • Have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10% or
  • A memorandum rating of at least 20% from the Department of Veterans Affairs

Basic period of eligibility is 12 years from the latter of the following

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

How to Apply for Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment benefits

  • Electronic submission
    • Log into your eBenefits account
    • Select "Additional Benefits" from your Dashboard
    • Select "Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program"
    • Follow the prompts to complete and submit the application for the Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program
  • Paper Application: If you would like to complete a paper application, instead of the electronic version, please complete the VA Form 28-1900 and submit to a VA Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and/or VA Regional Office.  If possibly eligible, Department of Veterans Affairs is supposed to contact you after a couple of weeks to attend an orientation session at the VA Atlanta Regional Office.  If you do not receive a phone call for orientation nor a meeting, after a few weeks, please feel free to contact VA at 404-929-3152 so they can set up an appointment.  After your orientation/meeting, the counselor will give further steps to complete the process.  During the orientation/meeting, the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor will complete a comprehensive evaluation to include:
  • Full assessment of your interests, aptitudes, and abilities to assist in selecting the most suitable career path
  • Assessment of how service-connected disabilities may impair your ability to find or hold employment using occupational skills already acquired
  • Identification of services needed to help you gain and maintain a career or become as independent as possible at home in the community 

Please submit the following documents to the Office of Financial Aid/Veterans Affairs

  • Veterans Basic Data Sheet
  • VA Approval from Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for specific term These documents can be submitted by any one of the following methods:
  • Email: veteransaffairs@clayton.edu
  • Fax: 678-466-4189
  • Mail: 2000 Clayton State Blvd   Edgewater Hall, Room 105    Morrow, GA 30260
  • In-Office: Please submit to the Front Representative in the Office of Financial Aid (Edgewater Hall, Room 105)
  • Secured Drop Box: Located outside of the Office of Financial Aid   Benefits Include
  • 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 in finding and keeping a job, including special employer incentives and job accommodations
  • 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
  • Post-Secondary Training
    • Tuition and Fees for required courses
    • Required Books and Software
    • Supplies up to $40
    • Monthly Housing Stipend: Please discuss with Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.  An estimate is provided below:

Rates are subject to change annually. The rate change is usually effective October 1st of each year. The rates reflected below are effective October 1, 2019.

Chapter 31: VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Rates 

  Without Dependents With 1 Dependent With 2 Dependents Additional Dependents
Full Time $644.74/month $799.74/month $942.44/month $68.68
¾ Time $484.45/month $600.68/month $704.61/month $52.83
½ Time $317.66/month $401.62/month $472.08/month $35.24

 

**Under the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act of 2010, Chapter 31 Students with Chapter 33 Eligibility remaining can receive Chapter 33 Monthly rates. Chapter 33 Monthly Rates can be found at www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/bahCalc.cfm, enter the current year, zip code 30260 and look up E-5 with dependents.

In compliance with The Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018, Clayton State University does not impose a penalty to Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill recipients nor Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation recipients due to the delayed disbursement of funds from the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).  Clayton State University allows eligible students to attend scheduled courses and receive on-campus services, provided that the student has submitted a copy of the approval for entitlement to education assistance under Chapters 33 (Certificate of Eligibility/Statement of Benefits) and/or Chapters 31 (VA Form 22-1905 to include current term).  The approvals should be submitted to Clayton State University's Office of Financial Aid/Veterans Affairs.  

If you have any questions or concerns about eligibility or payments, please feel free to contact your Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor 404-929-3152