United States Department of Veterans Affairs
United States Department of Veterans Affairs


WELCOME to Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment

Program's Website

This website is dedicated to providing information about veteran benefits administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service to veterans, employers, and the general public.


Who We Are - Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service

President Lincoln in his Second Inaugural Address indicated the importance of caring for the Nation's veterans with the following:

"To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan."

These words spoken by President Lincoln reflect the philosophy and principles that guide the Department of Veteran Affairs and the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service as our endeavors are focused on serving our Nation's veterans and their families.

The Department of Veterans Affair's Veterans Benefits Administration's Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) service is vested with delivering timely, effective vocational rehabilitation services to veterans with service-connected disabilities. Enabling our injured soldiers, sailors, airmen, and other veterans with disabilities for a seamless transition from military service to a successful rehabilitation and on to suitable employment after service to our Nation. For some severely disabled veterans, this success will be to live independently, achieving the highest quality of life possible with a realized hope for employment given future advances in medical science and technology. The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment service strives to exceed the service delivery expectations of veterans and their families.

VR&E's primary benefit program is vocational rehabilitation services for veterans who have a service-connected disability. 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.

VR&E also provides the following benefit services. Educational and Vocational Counseling is provided for eligible service members, veterans, and veterans' dependents. The outcome of this counseling is assistance in the selection of an educational or vocational goal and / or assistance in the selection of training institutions where this goal may be pursued. Additionally the VR&E program provides educational and vocational counseling benefits for eligible dependent children of Vietnam veterans born with certain birth defects or children of Vietnam or Korean veterans born with Spina Bifida. In order to be considered for this benefit program, you must be the biological child of a veteran who served in Vietnam or on the Korean demilitarized zone during certain periods in the 1960s or 1970s. You must have been conceived after the veteran served some time in one of those two places.

Site Navigation

The navigation links across the top will connect you with information about the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Organizations within the VA, VA Facilities, How to Contact the VA, and Application for Benefits Online. To apply online for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service click on Apply Online and then click on the last entry on the pop-up drop down menu.

The navigation links on the left below the Benefits Home link provide information about Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program benefits and employment information.

The navigation links at the bottom provide additional information regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The navigation links that leave this website which do not go to another Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) associated website will open a new browser window. You may return to this website by closing the browser window that opened. Using the browser back arrow will return you to this website for VA associated sites.

Please forward comments regarding the technical aspects of this website (access /
functionality) to VRE Service Webmaster at:   VREWebmaster@vba.va.gov