Saturday, June 15, 2013

Curt Coy Update Veteran Employment Tip -- Vocational and Educational Counseling Services

 

Did you know that VA can provide free vocational and educational counseling services for transitioning Servicemembers and individuals eligible for GI Bill benefits (Montgomery, VR&E, Post-9/11, etc.)?  Counseling can take place at a Veterans Benefits Administration Regional Office or outbased location, training facility, or military installation.  After receipt of an application, a counseling appointment will be set for eligible Servicemembers and Veterans. Counseling services may include the following:

 

  • Interest and aptitude testing
  • Occupational exploration
  • Assistance with setting occupational goals
  • Assistance with locating an appropriate academic or training program
  • Academic or adjustment counseling during training to help overcome problems or barriers during school
  • Services to help prepare for a new career 

As you might imagine, getting advice for any or all of those can help guide you or a Veteran to your eventual employment goals.  A transitioning Servicemember is defined as a Servicemember within six months of discharge from active duty or a Veteran within one year following discharge from active duty under other than dishonorable conditions.   Servicemembers and Veterans eligible for any VA education benefit may also apply. A service connected disability is not a requirement in order to be eligible for free counseling services.

 

To apply for counseling benefits, transitioning Servicemembers or Veterans should fill out VA Form 28-8832, Application for Vocational Educational Counseling, or download the application at www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/28-8832.pdf.  Counseling services are provided by the VA's Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program's staff or by contract counselors.  For more information visit http://www.gibill.va.gov/support/counseling_services/index.html.

 

V/R

 

Curtis L. Coy 
Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity 
Veterans Benefits Administration 
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 
Washington, DC 20420

 

 

Note:  We apologize in advance if we are unable to respond directly to your questions.

 

Please Remember:

·       If you would like to review prior messages sent through this listserv, click http://benefits.va.gov/vow/economic_opportunity.htm.

 

·       If you would like to research, find, access, and, in time, manage your VA benefits and personal information please visit and/or register at https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal.

 

·       If you are seeking employment in the federal government, particularly the VA, our VA for Vets high-tech tools, resources, and professional coaching services can help.  Visit online at http://vaforvets.va.gov/Pages/default.aspx or contact a coach at 1-855-824-8387. 



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