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This program's primary function is to help Veterans who have service-connected disabilities become suitable employed, maintain employment, or achieve independance in daily living.

Eligibility

  • Veteran must have received or eventually receive, an honorable or other than dishonorable discharge.
  • Veteran must have a VA service-connected disability rating of 10% or more.
  • Specific eligibility is determined by the Department of Veteran Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation. For more information regarding these benefits please contact a vocational rehabilitation counselor to apply for this program.

Entitlement

  • 12 year basic period of eligibility from the date of separation from active military duty or the date the Veteran was first notified of a service-connected disability rating.

Benefits

  • Comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation to determine abilities, skills, interests, and needs.
  • Vocational counseling and rehabilitation planning.
  • Employment services such as job-seeking skills, resume development, and other work readiness assistance.
  • Assistance finding and keeping a job, including the use of special employer incentives.
  • If needed, training such as On the Job Training (OJT), apprenticeships, and non-paid work experiences.
  • If needed, post-secondary training at college, vocational technical or business school. Recipients of this benefit at SOU typically receive:
    • Fully paid tuition and fees
      • Special fees such as parking passes, additional print credit, and other individually assessed fees will require special approval from your Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor which may not be granted.
      • Special approvals will be noted on your 22-1905 in box 9.
    • Monthly stipend - check current stipend rates.
    • Allowance for books and supplies
      • Up to $500 for books and $120 for supplies at the SOU Bookstore not to exceed actual costs.
      • Exceptions must be approved by your Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and noted on your 22-1905 in box 9.
  • Supportive rehabilitation services including case management, counseling, and referral.
  • Independent living services.

Forms

Enrollment Notification

  • Used to inform the Certifying Official at SOU regarding your educational program and your contact information.
  • You may only receive Veterans' Benefits for courses that are required for your program.
  • We will use the contact information you provide to contact you in the event that courses you request certification for do not appear to be required, there are changes in Veterans' Benefits we feel will affect you, or for questions regarding your educational program.
  • The address you provide will be the one we provide to the VA every time we notify them of your enrollment.

Requirements for VA Benefits at SOU

  • People have various notions of their responsibilities while receiving VA Benefits. We want to ensure everyone understand what is required of them so that all benefits can be processed and paid in a timely manor.

Release Information

  • Vocational Rehabilitation counselors have requested that we keep this form on file to facilitate the release of information to them. If we do not have this form, then your counselor must send it to us when requesting information which can delay the processing of your benefits.
  • If you enter your counselor's name then we can only release information to that counselor and you will need to complete a new form if you change counselors.
  • If you leave your counselor's name blank then we can release information to anyone in the Vocational Rehabilitation Office.
  • If your Vocational Rehabilitation counselor is not located in the Portland office, please change the information to reflect your counselor's location.

Certification Request

  • Please submit this form to the Veterans' Clerk every term to request that we notify the VA of your enrollment directly after you register for classes.
  • This form is also used to give you a chance to tell us how each class is necessary for your degree program or any special information regarding your classes (such as classes taken at a different school, and classes with special course dates).
  • Your enrollment will not be sent to the VA until this form is received and any discrepancies are resolved.

Direct Deposit: Adobe PDF.

  • Complete if you wish to request a change to your direct deposit information.

Additional resources for chapter 31 recipients

Application for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (on-line)
Application for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Adobe PDF)
Chapter 31 Vet Success
Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
Disability imformation and resources
Disability services at SOU
Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs (ODVA)
Salem Vet Center directions
Troops to Teachers