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Veteran Peer Supports

Veteran Peer Supports

Disability Advocates of Kent County supports Veterans with disabilities by providing independent living resources and guidance and work-related training experiences in order to re-engage with the community and achieve employment.

Our collaborative, peer approach relies on mutual respect and time to listen and learn, so that together we may develop plans to reduce barriers to employment. Through work assessments and skill development, Disability Advocates of Kent County establishes a progression of on-the-job training opportunities in community settings. We also help reduce the barriers to employment related to independent living, including transportation resources and ensuring stable housing.

Confidence

Building confidence and gaining the skills and abilities necessary to successfully work and reengage in community is embedded in the Veteran Peer Supports program. We believe it is imperative for Veterans with disabilities to realize, acknowledge, and build on their own potential.

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment for veterans (VR&E) is an entitlement program that provides job training and related services to veterans with service-connected disabilities. These programs assist with re-employment, rapid access to employment, self-employment, and independent living. The program is administered by the Veterans Benefits Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The VR&E Program provides the services and assistance needed to enable Veterans with service-connected disabilities to achieve maximum independence in daily living. This program also provides the tools necessary for obtaining and maintaining suitable employment.

Reemployment

This option is designed for those individuals who wish to return to work with a former employer.

Rapid Access to Employment

This option is designed for those Veterans who already possess the necessary skills to compete for suitable employment opportunities.

Employment through Long-Term Services

For Veterans who require postsecondary or vocational training to reach their employment goals.

Self-employment

Self-employment is targeted to individuals who need a more accommodating work environment due to their disability.

Independent Living

This program is for veterans who are unable to return to work due to the effects of their disability.

Independent Living Services Track

This track is for Veterans who are unable to return to work due to the effects of their disability, and need rehabilitation services to improve their independence in daily living.

The Independent Living Program is to make sure that each eligible veteran is able, to the maximum extent possible, to live independently and participate in family and community life increasing their potential to return to work. Please see the Independent Living Supports page for a more detailed description of available services.

How are Independent Living Programs Developed?

When a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) determines that employment goals are not currently feasible, an evaluation of the veteran’s independent living needs will be conducted. The VRC and veteran will work together to identify the veteran’s needs and the services required to address them. An individualized Independent Living Program will be written providing the services necessary to meet the veteran’s identified needs.

Who is Eligible for VR&E Services?

The first step in obtaining VR&E services is establishing eligibility. To be eligible for VR&E services, a veteran must:

  • Have received (or will receive) a discharge under conditions other than dishonorable
  • Have a service-connected disability rating of 10% or greater
  • Apply for vocational rehabilitation services

Duration of Eligibility

The law generally provides for a 12-year basic period of eligibility in which services may be used. The 12-year period begins on the latter of these dates:

  • Date of separation from active military duty
  • Date the veteran was first notified of a service-connected disability rating

Entitlement

Once eligibility is established, an applicant completes a comprehensive evaluation with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. The evaluation includes:

  • An assessment of the veteran’s interests, aptitudes, and abilities
  • An assessment of whether service-connected disabilities impair the veteran’s ability to secure and maintain suitable employment
  • Identification of services necessary to maintain a career or achieve maximum independence.

Filling out the Application

Applications may be submitted Online or by mail. Online applications are available on the VA website Here

Applications filed Online go directly to the appropriate VA office. Forms may also be downloaded from the VA website at www.va.gov/vaforms and then submitted to a local VR&E office or requested by phone and then returned.
Form Number: 28-1900.

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Get Involved

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Have Questions?

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