Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program assists veterans who have service-connected disabilities with obtaining and maintaining suitable employment. The program will provide veterans with education, training, assistance with finding employment, and other services which are determined by the veteran’s skills and employment goals. Independent living services are also available for severely disabled veterans who are not currently ready to seek employment. Additional information is available on VA’s website at: http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/.

A veteran must have a VA service-connected disability rated at least 20 percent with an employment handicap, or rated 10 percent with a serious employment handicap, and be discharged or released from military service under other than dishonorable conditions. Servicemembers awaiting medical separation from active duty may also apply if their disabilities are reasonably expected to be rated at least 20 percent following their discharge..


G.I. Bill

The Montgomery G.I. Bill provides certain education benefits to eligible veterans for many different education programs, including college, graduate degrees, vocational and apprenticeship training. Most G.I. Bill benefits expire 10 years after the date a veteran left military service. For a complete list of educational programs, visit: http://gibill.va.gov/benefits/index.html.

To be eligible for the G.I. Bill, veterans must generally have served on active duty after June 30, 1985, had their military pay reduced by $100 a month for first 12 months, and meet certain minimum service requirements. For a complete list of eligibility criteria visit the VA website at: www.gibill.va.gov. For more information about how to your G.I. Bill benefits call 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) to speak to a benefits counselor.

Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008

The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill provides education benefits to individuals who served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001. You may be eligible if you served at least 90 days on active duty and were honorably discharged, released and placed on the retired list or transferred for further service in the Fleet Reserve, Fleet Marine Corps Reserve or other reserve component of the Armed Forces. Benefits under the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill include payment for a percentage of tuition and fees, monthly housing, and books and supplies. For more information, download and view a VA brochure at: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/docs/pamphlets/ch33_pamphlet.pdf, or contact:

VA Regional Office
P.O. Box 4616
Buffalo, NY 14240-4616
Toll-free: 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).

If you qualify for the Post 9/11 GI Bill and your school participates in the VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program, you may qualify for additional benefits. For more information visit: http://www.gibill.va.gov/benefits/post_911_gibill/yellow_ribbon_program.html.

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program

If you are an unemployed veteran between the ages of 35 and 60 and you are not eligible for other VA education benefit programs, you may be eligible for up to 12 months of assistance with retraining expenses. Visit http://benefits.va.gov/vow/education.htm to learn more about this program.


Federal Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program

Under the Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program, the VA provides up to 45 months of education and training benefits to certain dependents veterans between the ages of 18 and 26. To be eligible a dependent must be the son, daughter, or spouse of:

  • A veteran who died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of a service-connected disability. The disability must arise out of active service in the Armed Forces.
  • A veteran who died from any cause while such service-connected disability was in existence.
  • A servicemember missing in action or captured in line of duty by a hostile force.
  • A servicemember forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.
  • A servicemember who is hospitalized or receiving outpatient treatment for a service connected permanent and total disability and is likely to be discharged for that disability. This change is effective December 23, 2006.

For more information, call 1-888-442-4551 or visit the VA’s website at: http://gibill.va.gov/benefits/other_programs/dea.html.