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  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




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



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