Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation

A veteran may be eligible for Chapter 31 benefits if they:

  • received or will receive a discharge under other than dishonorable conditions;
  • incurred or aggravated a service-connected disability on or after September 16, 1940 which entitles him or her to VA disability compensation; and
  • is in need of vocational rehabilitation because his or her disability creates an employment handicap.


Common Name: Vocational Rehabilitation
Eligibility Requirements: Must have a Compensable Service connected disability which causes demonstrable employment handicap. (Usually 20% or more)
Cutoff Dates: 12 years from last separation from AD or from the date service connection is established
Tutorial Assistance: Yes – Contact the Winston Salem VA Voc Rehab Office
Phone: 336.251.0817
Miscellaneous: Counseling, job placement and post employment services for up to 18 additional months. VA will pay for special support services as needed to include unique transportation expenses.
Dependent Eligibility: No

Entitlement for these services is determined on an individual basis following an evaluation of the veteran’s unique interests, aptitudes, education, work experience, and vocational abilities. Vocational rehabilitation may be provided up to 48 months and generally has 12 years from the date they are notified of entitlement to VA compensation to use these benefits.

For further information contact: Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation Office, 251 North Main Street, Winston Salem, NC 27155. Telephone 336.251.0817.