The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Service is vested with delivering timely, effective vocational rehabilitation services to veterans with service-connected disabilities. To receive services a veteran must be found both eligible and entitled. The outcome of these services lead to suitable employment that is consistent with their aptitudes and interests, or achieving independence in their daily living.

The VR&E Division Boston provides services to assist veterans with service-connected disabilities in achieving their occupational goals. In Boston, Worcester, and Springfield, Massachusetts locations, the VA helps approximately 1,700 service-disabled veterans annually prepare for, obtain, and maintain employment, or achieve improvement in independent daily living.

Eligibility

To receive Chapter 31 services, a veteran must meet two criteria: eligibility-defined as having an honorable or other than dishonorable military discharge, and a service-connected disability rating of 10% or more and entitlement. Entitlement is defined as having impairment to finding and holding a job because of a service-connected disability, which results in an employment handicap.

How to Apply

Fill out VA Form 28-1900 "Disabled Veterans Application for Vocational Rehabilitation" and send it to Boston VA Regional Office (see below for address). This form can also be filled out online at www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/

Contact

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Division
VA Regional Office
JFK Federal Building
Boston, MA 02203
617-303-5533
http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/