Veteran Readiness & Employment
Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) is a Chapter 31 employment-oriented program that assists veterans with service-connected disabilities by offering the veteran services and assistance to help them prepare for, find and keep suitable employment. Suitable employment is work that is within the veteran’s physical and emotional capabilities and matches their patterns of skills, abilities and interests. For veterans whose disabilities make employment unlikely, VA helps them attain as much daily living independence as possible.
To be eligible a veteran must have a VA-established service-connected disability of at least 10 percent with a serious employment handicap or 20 percent with an employment handicap and be discharged or released from military service under other that dishonorable conditions. A service member pending medical separation from active duty may apply, but the disability rating must be at least 20 percent.
Forms and Paperwork Required
The following documentation will be needed to start your Chapter 31 – Veteran Readiness & Employment Benefits, formerly known as Vocational Rehabilitation. VA Forms can be picked up at an EFSC Military and Veterans Service Center or downloaded from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs forms web site:
- VA Form 28-1900 Disabled Veteran’s application for Vocational Rehab (form uses program's older name)
- DD 214 (Copy 4) Report of Military Separation / Discharge
- VA Form 28-1905 Change of Program / Change in Place of Training (this form is sent to the Veterans Educational Benefits office by your case manager)
- Prep Memo (see an academic advisor if you have to take developmental education preparatory classes)
- Class schedule
- Prior Credit Statement – this form will be given to you at the EFSC Veterans Educational Benefits Office to fill out
Recent Changes to the “48 Month Rule” for VR&E and EDU Beneficiaries
Effective April 1, 2021, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) no longer counts the use of Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E) benefits (Chapter 31) against the 48-month limit on GI Bill education benefits such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The use of GI Bill education benefits will continue to count against the 48-month limit on VR&E benefits.
The VA has started to process impacted claims and enrollments with this update, and eligible individuals will receive a notification letter from VA, outlining whether you have more GI Bill entitlement available.
If you have any questions, please contact the Education Call Center at 1-888-442-4551, Monday to Friday, 7 AM to 6 PM Central Time. You can also visit the VA GI Bill website.
For resources & veterans educational benefits assistance EFSC students from any campus can call, email or visit a service center for walk-in assistance or use the link below to request an appointment.
Service Center Locations & Hours
Monday - Thursday, 8 AM - 5:30 PM
Bldg. 11, Rm. 113
1519 Clearlake Road
Cocoa, FL 32922
Bldg. 1, Rm. 140
3865 North Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32935