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Vocational and Educational Counseling for Servicemembers and Veterans - (Chapter 36 Counseling) - #64.125

The program provides the counseling services necessary to enable the service member or veteran to select educational and vocational objectives. The program also assists the veteran to identify the means through which these objectives will be achieved. Counseling may also be provided to aid the veteran to cope with personal problems that might interfere with the successful achievement of the educational and vocational objectives. As part of vocational counseling, the program can help the individual to develop an employment plan. This plan directs the individual to make the best use of his or her existing aptitudes and abilities to obtain employment. These services are provided by professionally qualified vocational rehabilitation counselors or counseling psychologists, who are either VA staff members or under contract to VA. To apply for and receive this benefit, servicemembers must be within 180 days of projected discharge or release from active duty. Veterans must apply for and receive this benefit within 1 year from the date of discharge or release or release from active duty. For servicemembers, the projected discharge or release from active duty must be under conditions other than dishonorable. For veterans, the discharge or release from active duty must have been under conditions other than dishonorable. This counseling is also available to current beneficiaries of VA educational assistance including: Chapter 30 - All-Volunteer Force Educational Assistance Program; Chapter 32 - Post-Vietnam Era Veterans' Educational Assistance; Chapter 35 - Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance; Chapter 1606 - Educational Assistance for Members of the Selective Service; Chapter 1607 - Reserve Educational Assistance Program and to veterans and qualified dependents who are eligible for educational assistance under any of the above programs (Chapters).




Servicemembers must present proof that they are within 180 of projected discharge or release from active duty. Examples of this proof are a copy of the enlistment contract and a brief written statement from the individual's commander. Veterans must present proof they are within 1 year of discharge or release from active duty under conditions other than dishonorable. An example of this proof is a copy of the individual's DD Form 214. Current beneficiaries of VA educational assistance and those eligible for educational assistance must indicate this eligibility or receipt of benefits and have it confirmed at the VA regional or local office. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Contract counseling psychologists are selected on the basis of (1) their academic credentials and experience in vocational and educational counseling, (2) their location in relation to the geographic dispersion of available clients for referral, and (3) costs of the services to be provided.

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