VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION FOR DISABLED VETERANS (CHAPTER 31)
Disabled Veterans

Applications

1A.  Application for VA Education Benefits

       (VA form 29-1800)

Voc Rehab Contact Information

1B.  Charlee Yang     Phone: (559) 443-1296

       Stephen Noret   Phone: (559) 443-1729

       855 M Street  Suite 150

       Fresno, CA 93721

West Hills College Forms (required)

3D.  Memorandum of Understanding
3E.  HE 35 (General Education Waiver)

Registration Process (required)

4A. Request all transcripts from other colleges    

      Official transcripts must be sealed.

4B. Request SMART or AARTS Military Transcripts
4C. Bring in a copy of your DD-214

5.   Assessment/Placement Test

      Exemptions: English & Math Class completed 

      at another college.  Dates and Times – online

6.   Make appointment with VA Counselor/Advisor

      Call Monique Suter (559) 925-3341

7.   Inform Monique Suter of any class change

      and/or personal information

   
 

Vocational Rehabilitation Program (Voc Rehab)

A VA Veteran who is eligible for an evaluation under Chapter 31 must first apply for services and receive an appointment with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC). The VRC will work with the Veteran to determine if an employment handicap exists as a result of his or her service connected disability. If an employment handicap is established and the Veteran is found entitled to services. The VRC and the Veteran will continue counseling to select a track of services and jointly develop a plan to address the Veteran's rehabilitation and employment needs.

The rehabilitation plan will specify an employment or independent living goal, identify intermediate goals, and outline services and resources that VA will provide to assist the Veteran to achieve his / her goals. The VRC and the Veteran will work together to implement the plan to assist the Veteran to achieve his or her employment and / or independent living goals.

A Veteran found not to be entitled to services, the VRC will help him or her locate other resources to address any rehabilitation and employment needs identified during the evaluation. Referral to other resources may include state vocational rehabilitation programs; Department of Labor employment programs for disabled veterans; state, federal or local agencies providing services for employment or small business development; internet-based resources for rehabilitation and employment; and information about applying for financial aid.

Eligibility
For veterans if they:

  • Have received, or will receive, a discharge that is other than dishonorable

  • Have a service-connected disability rating of at least  10%, or a memorandum rating of  20% or more from the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA)

  • Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess services

Certification

A rehabilitation plan is an individualized, written outline of the services, resources and criteria that will be used to achieve employment and / or independent living goals. The plan is an agreement that is signed by the Veteran and the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) and is updated as needed to assist the Veteran to achieve his / her goals.

You cannot be certified for G. I. Benefits without seeing Gary Sedgwick or Janet Young.  Each semester you must provide a  826 form with approved courses to the V. A. counselor/Advisor.  The school or training program official certifies to VA your enrollment in an approved program.

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