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I'm currently receiving SSD and Disability Retirement.

SSD is for a combination of service connected PTSD 50% and Back which is non-service connected.

My Back is what I receive Disability Retirement for from the post office.

My total VA rating is 80%.

I had a claim in for IU, but was recently denied. The VA stated I have not been found to be unemployable.

While I'm going through the appeals process, I applied for Voc-Rehab.

My initial meeting with a VRC is the 8th of January.

I have a very strong passion for music and wanna follow this dream I've had since childhood.

I am a writer, producer and performer. I've invested a lot of money in music equipment, and currently

Building my own recording studio. I've started my own music publishing company. I recently had one

Of my songs released on a national level. I know mostly the production side of music, but now I

Wanna learn the business side. My question is ?

Since I've already done most of the work to set-up and run my own business, will the VRC allow me

to go to school online to get educated in the business side of music ? Thanks for your replies.....

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They should do that, It depends on the counselor.


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I have a friend who did a degree under voc rehab in 2005.

He now wonders if he can go back and apply for self employment help.

Anyone know?

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Devil dog...

Go ahead and "Ask". The Voc counselor may go for it. If not, you can always try an appeal. You cant possibly fail if your determination to suceed is strong enough.

China Vet

Voc Rehab has much fewer hard "regulations" than does disability claims. Again, "go for it". The worst they can say is "no", and you can still appeal.

While I am not sure the Va will opt to let you "keep trying" different Voc rehab paths, I dont know that "2" is precluded, either. Go for it.

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Well guys, the Voc-Rehab Counselor denied my request for retraining because of my disabilities, but he did approve me for ILP and wrote a statement in support of my IU claim, which was recently denied

Through a DRO Review decision Oct. 2012.

Hopefully this will help.....What do you think ?

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