The Veterans Readiness and Employment Program (or VR&E) was created by the VA as an alternative to the GI Bill for disabled veterans. For veterans who are disabled due to service-related injuries, the VR&E assists those transitioning, discharged, and active-duty personnel preparing to return to civilian life.
Some of the services offered include:
- Job training
- Employment accommodations
- Resume development
- Job-seeking skills
- Services to assist veterans in starting their own businesses
- Employment evaluation
- Vocational training
- Rehabilitation planning
- Independent living assistance
The VR&E also offers independent living services for the severely disabled and those unable to work in traditional employment situations. Each veteran or servicemember has a professional vocational rehabilitative counselor to help coordinate a personalized plan for their goals and needs.
These services are available to veterans who are at least 10 percent disabled with a service connected injury. These benefits are also available for active duty troops if they either have a 20 percent or higher pre-discharge disability rating (memorandum rating), or they are separating from the military soon or awaiting discharge due to a severe illness or injury that occurred while on active duty.
Importantly, using the VR&E program does not exclude an individual from taking full advantage of the GI Bill.
If you have questions about VA disability benefits, please contact the experienced Veterans’ disability attorneys at Gardberg & Kemmerly, P.C. today for a free case evaluation. Gardberg & Kemmerly serves Veterans across the United States from their home office in Mobile, Alabama. Please feel free to call the office at 251-343-1111 or 1-800-332-1529 for a free consultation.