Note: -Introduce yourself and inform Veterans of the lesson topic. -Inform Veterans of the purpose of the class.
Note: Memorandum Rating: Servicemembers or Veterans who have not received an official rating for service-connected condition(s). The individual is pending a final rating decision, however, it has been determined through a preliminary review by Compensation (Service Center) the individual will receive an official rating of 10% or more for service-connected condition(s). Disability Evaluation Service rating (DES): A rating evaluation conducted by Department of Defense in compliance with VA standards.
Note: -Comprehensive Vocational Assessment To assist in determining the Veterans ’ or Servicemembers ’ interest, aptitude, and abilities. -Employment Assistance To assist in obtaining suitable career. -Medical Services as needed Medical, Dental, and Vision care; referrals submitted by VR&E staff to VHA -Notes for Comprehensive Vocational Assessment bullet: To include educational, vocational, and employment assessments, as well as, other specialized assessments as needed.
Note – Entitlement extension maybe granted when specific criteria are met. Note – Extension to 12 year eligibility period may be granted when specific criteria are met.
Note: Online application found at www.va.gov or through e-benefits at https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal 28-1900: Paper application. Veteran can request paper application by contacting local regional office or calling the VA number (800) 827-1000
Note: Employment Adjustment Services include vocational counseling
Note: Emphasize key points: -This track is designed to assist Veterans in living more independently at home and in the community. -The goal is to increase Veterans ’ independence to the point that you may someday consider going back to work. -These services are designed to increase Veterans ’ current abilities to the maximum extent possible. -Specially Adapted Housing Program or VA home Improvement Structure program: Specific criteria needs to be met to be eligible for this program. Visit www.va.gov for further information.
Note: Emphasize key points: -At VetSuccess.gov website – Veterans and Servicemembers have access to over 4 million jobs from Fortune 500 Companies, Federal, state and local agencies, and other employers -A one-stop centralized employment information website. At this website one can search for jobs, get help with developing a resume, interviewing skills, career information, and link to other employment information. -Veterans and Servicemembers can log on today and fill out the registration information for a free account. It is easy and employers can view individual resume.
Note: Both programs require applicants to apply for benefits through the Education Department. -Chapter 18: Applicant can visit www.va.gov or call 1-800-827-1000 to obtain VA Form 21-0304 to apply for services, or through e-benefits at https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal - Chapter 35: Applicant can visit www.va.gov or call 1-800-827-1000 to obtain VA Form 22-5490 to apply for services, or through e-benefits at https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal -Chapter 36: Individuals who are eligible for counseling under Chapter 36, include Individuals who are -within six months prior to discharge from active duty, or -within one year following discharge from active duty or -current beneficiaries of educational assistance under Chapters 30, 31, 32, 35, 1606 or 1607, and -Veterans and qualified dependents who are eligible for entitlement to educational assistance under Chapters 30, 31, 32, 35, 1606 or 1607. Visit www.va.gov or call 1-800-827-1000 to request VA Form 28-8832, Application for Educational - Vocational Counseling, or through e-benefits at https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal
VETSUCCESS Welcome toVetSuccess Orientation Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
VetSuccess “...let us strive to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan....” - President Abraham Lincoln 2 V E T S U C C E S S .GOV
VetSuccess Program Intent• Provide services to assist Veterans and Servicemembers with service-connected disabilities to succeed: • In transition … through services to support transition back to civilian life • At work … through services resulting in suitable employment • On campus … through services to support them during education and training • At home … and in their communities … through services to maximize independence in daily living 3 V E T S U C C E S S .GOV
VetSuccess Eligibility CriteriaVeterans: • Honorable or other than dishonorable discharge • A final VA service-connected disability rating of 10 percent or more; or memorandum rating of 10 percent • Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment servicesActive Duty Servicemembers: • Expect to receive a honorable discharge • Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment services • Obtain a VA memorandum rating of 20 percent or more; or obtain a proposed Disability Evaluation Service (DES) rating 4 V E T S U C C E S S .GOV
VetSuccess Basic Benefit Information• Comprehensive Vocational Assessment• Employment Assistance• Medical Services as needed• Independent Living Services 5 V E T S U C C E S S .GOV
VetSuccess Basic Benefit Information• A maximum of 48 months of entitlement• May be utilized within 12 years from the date of initial VA disability rating notification• Exception for Veterans with a Serious Employment Handicap 6 V E T S U C C E S S .GOV
VetSuccess Process 218 Application Entitlement Decision Evaluation and Planning Tracks Employment Services Rehabilitated• Application received (e- • Identify track • On-going case management benefits or 28-1900) • Establish vocational or independent • Provide employment services• Veteran’s eligibility living goal • VetSuccess.gov established • Define services needed • Interview skills• Schedule Veteran for • Job placement assistance • Develop written plan of services initial counseling • Referral to One-Stop Career Center appointment if eligible Re-Employment • Conduct VR&E orientation to include Rapid Access • Suitably VetSuccess for Life Video To Employment employed, or • Veteran meets with Counselor • Improved • Determine employment handicap and Self Employment ability to live serious employment handicap independently • Conduct vocational evaluation to assess Employment skills, abilities & interests Thru Long-Term Services • Determine feasibility for employment Independent Living 7 V E T S U C C E S S .GOV
Track Selection 1Re-employment Track• For individuals separating from active duty, National Guard, or Reserves• Services focused on returning to previous employers• Services may also include: • Job accommodations • Job modifications • Work adjustment assistance • Consultation with employer • Personalized case management support 8 V E T S U C C E S S .GOV
Track Selection 2Rapid Access to Employment• For individuals seeking employment: • Soon after separation or • Who already have the necessary skills to be competitive in the job market• Services may also include: • Resume Writing • Interview Skills Training • Job Accommodations • Refresher Courses • Licensure and Certification • Job Search Assistance • Employment Adjustment Services • Personalized Case Management Services 9 V E T S U C C E S S .GOV
Track Selection 3Employment Through Long-Term Services• For individuals needing specialized training and/or education to obtain and maintain suitable employment• Services may include: • Apprenticeships and Internships • On-the-Job Training (OJT) • Higher Education or Vocational Training • Tuition/fees/books/tools/supplies • Tutoring • Subsistence Allowance • Personalized case management Support 10 V E T S U C C E S S .GOV
Track Selection 4Self-Employment• For individuals who because of their disabilities: • Has limited access to traditional employment, • Need flexible work schedules, or • A more accommodating work environment• Services may also include: • Analysis of viability of business concept • Assistance with development of a business plan • Training in small business operations • Guidance on obtaining resources • Personalized Case Management Support 11 V E T S U C C E S S .GOV
Track Selection 5Independent Living• For individuals who are not able to work at the current time and need rehabilitation services to live more independently• Services may also include: • Comprehensive in-home assessment • Assistive technologies • Independent living skills training • Connection to community-based support services • Personalized case management services • Coordination with VA’s Specially Adapted Housing Program and/or VA’s Home Improvement Structure Assistance Program • Personalized Case Management Support 12 V E T S U C C E S S .GOV
VetSuccess.gov What is VETSUCCESS.GOV?• Specialized job bank and “Job Central” bank with access to over 4 million jobs • National Association of State Workforce Agencies • Direct Employers – Fortune 500 companies• Job resource tools • Resume Builder • Interview Skills • Career Resources• Link to other VA benefits and services • Online application for VR&E – Chapter 31 services • Educational Benefits 13 V E T S U C C E S S .GOV
Other Programs of Services• Chapter 18: Vocational training and rehabilitation benefits for children born with Spina Bifida of certain Veterans who served in Vietnam or Korea• Chapter 35 : Educational counseling for children and widows/spouses of veterans who have a permanent and total service connected disability.• Chapter 36: Individuals who are • Within six months prior to discharge from active duty, or • Within one year following discharge from active duty • Eligible for entitlement to other educational services. 14 V E T S U C C E S S .GOV
VETSUCCESS QUESTIONS 15Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
TAP GPS Day 2 Wrap-up• Air Force members only attending Day 2 must stay for ITP review• All others are dismissed until 0730 tomorrow Thank You 16 V E T S U C C E S S .GOV