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I have a question regarding the process of reapplying for VR&E (Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment) assistance, specifically related to attending vocational training, specifically an esthetician course. I would greatly appreciate any insights or experiences you could share. My query is: What should I expect when requesting to reapply for VR&E assistance to pursue vocational training, particularly in an esthetician course? Does VR&E generally cover the costs associated with such training programs? I understand that the policies and guidelines of VR&E can vary, and each case is evaluated individually. However, I am interested in hearing about…0 votes5 answers
Veterans Readiness & Employment pay for my Bachelor degree. Will VR&E pay for master degree.0 votes2 answers
Good day,has anyone ever heard of anyone taking up va voc rehab while rated 100% ptsd smc-s the vets effective rated date is 11 years,is there a chance of losing rating while participating in voc rehab?Thanks.0 votes5 answers
Howdy yall. I am so confused right now. I am 100% TDIU and I had a meeting with the counselor today and he told me that as soon as they grant my VRE that I will lose my IU. I've searched high and low for threads here and reddit and just the internet in general and I cannot find anyone saying that you will immediately lose your IU by being granted VRE. I totally understand losing it after getting back to work, but losing it just to go to training seems odd. I asked if there was a CFR and he mentioned looking into it. Any links to this regulation? I'm at a complete loss for words. I was blindsided by this, on my birthday no less.0 votes8 answers
I am trying to get an ergonomic desk/chair setup due to severe employment handicap. My voc rehab counselor says she has never heard of such a thing and she does not even know where to find a regulation on that. Just wondering if anyone has successfully gotten one and had some tips on ho they did it. It seems to me that should fall under special equipment, but want to make sure before I send her back the info cc her supervisor, regional director, and probably my congressman since she feels like it will take "months" for this to be approved :if she can figure it out" I'm in online classes, so they can't say the school should accommodate it. She first told me I n…0 votes27 answers
hey everyone- long time no type i know...things been wild here in Virginia...ill try update soon but for this post- i recently got scuba certified through a veteran program and fell in love....the peace and calm of the water and the silence- it was like meditating the entire time i was under! my mind quieted...my heart slowed...my worries disolved into the salt water around me! it was epic!!!! i have till may of next year to use up my GI Bill and thought "oh maybe ill use this to go into scuba and become a dive instructor etc."....after a bit of research GI Bill only covers certs for this type of work- and none of the equipment...what vets usually do is swi…0 votes3 answers
Hello, I hope everyone is well. Does anyone have any experience or knowledge regarding Federal Government Title 38 employees (Professional Healthcare worker such as RN, Physician, etc.)? Has any veteran experienced difficulty in obtaining employment at the MEDVAMC in Houston, Texas or any VA facility? If yes, do they feel that veteran status had a negative impact? Who else should I contact in order to file a grievance against the Title 38 veterans preference exemption? I have a Masters Degree as a Registered Nurse (Nurse Practitioner) and I am interested in seeking employment at the MEDVAMC in Houston, Texas. I have applied at the facility for more than 8 years…0 votes6 answers
Any recent experiences with VocRehab Self Employment or advice? I know they call it something different, and did read Krause's old posts I completed VocRehab and am unable to find a job. I've had a State counselor, sent a search log to my VocRehab Monthly. The new VocRehab Counselor refuses to respond to emails, except to perhaps answer 'received, thanks' seldomly. I'd like to open a little shop, and think buying tooling and a heat-treat/annealing oven. I can do a business plan, no problem. I do plan on having a Cong Rep file, as I already know they'll put it in the 'forget' file. Any experiences or advice on Self Employment? Thanks in advance0 votes0 answers
Today I received a listing of 82 questions from the guy who was assigned to do my ILP in home assessment. He also wanted me to list all my disabilities explain what each condiiton means , and provide the rating. The last part should already be available to him thru the va. Anyway has any one receive or answered these types of question for an ILP. I think some questions are too personal for this program. I think these are his questions, they are not on a va form. I think they should be asking questions that actually pertians to the veteran, not a listing of generic questions, which do not apply to all veteaans. See the attached. I tried to block out the guys nam…0 votes6 answers
Its been a few years since I have posted anything, I am trying to stay busy and keep good thoughts. On 16 May 2020, I had a face to face meeting with an ILP counselor. This was my first contact, when I arrived home, there was an email saying I was accepted to the program. I know by expierence this really means nothing. They have no choice but to take me into the program, since I have 2 100% ratings, and a TDIU. ( Yes I have been busy accumulating ratings) In the past under this program I did not have much luck. In 1999, they gave me a cheap E-Machine computer, and printer with a few classes. In 2005 they kept stringing me along for two years,, and finally drop…0 votes4 answers
What happens if you fail a class while attending VR&E? I'm supposed to graduate in December, but now I don't think so. I've never failed a course with VR&E in my 3.5 years in the program. Is there a law that regulates what happens if a Veteran fails the course, or is it up to the counselors descretion? If there's a law please post the appropriate code with your post. As of now, I don't see one.0 votes8 answers
I am planning to apply for the VR and E reemployment training benefit. My plan is to attend a college (on-Line) towards a degree in the IT flied. Just wondering if anyone has any helpful info . Thanks Mike0 votes1 answer
Per VA directive- if any of you are on Voc Rehab education and getting a stipend/BAH- the coronavirus modification that made your online classes remain paid as physical classes that was supposed to expire in Dec2020 has been extended to DEC 20201. I think this also counts for the Job assistance payments you get after graduating while looking for a job (normally 2 months) extended to 4 months. 5202.Extensions of certain provisions of law (a)Extension of Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 Section 2 of the Student Veteran Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 (Public Law 116–140) is amended by striking December 21, 2020 and inserting December 21, 2021. …0 votes0 answers
ILP Contractor coming to house to assess needs - any advice? Contractor will be here tomorrow to evaluate my living situation to see what they can do for me. Any suggestions?0 votes14 answers
This is a complicated question, thanks in advance for any advice. My father, who is also a disabled veteran, was approved to take gunsmithing course with AGI through VOC Rehab. My dad was carries a 45 SIG that he uses for his gunsmithing classes. Well, several days ago his 45 discharged and my father was hit in the leg, the bullet traveled down his leg and exited through the bottom of his right foot, severely damaging muscles and bones both in leg and foot. My question is, does anyone think its possible for him to qualify for temp 100% due to the fact that he has the weapon for gunsmithing course and had been working on it prior to discharge (to the weapon firing)? As sta…0 votes8 answers
I have been having a hard time simply getting email from my voc rehab counselor. After reminding the counselor multiple times I got the email for orientation and exploration phase. When I got the email the attached documents had errors. On the functional test document for my doctor the numbers were wrong(order went 1,2,3,5,4) and my gender was wrong. On another document a page was blank when it was supposed to have text on it. Then when I called the counselor for my first appointment the counselor says "Did we have an appointment today? Let me see if I have nothing else going on right now to see if we can talk." That was one of the most unprofessional response…0 votes3 answers
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Hello All! So, I was initially 50% for PTSD and during my appeal I applied to VR&E as my therapist convinced me I should persue it and thought I would be a great candidate. I told her I wanted to become a therapist and she thought I would be great at it. She has worked with me for 2 years in both individual and group counseling and feels I have alot of wisdom and insight in trauma. Anyway, I saw VRE counselor last summer he said I definitely qualified as I had a severe work handicap and he said they would in no way pay for me to work in the psychology field due to my mental health history. I attempted to convince him, but he said it was a no go. Instead, he approved m…0 votes4 answers
Fellow Veteran brothers and sisters. I want to make sure I tell all of you how important Voc Rehab is if you are struggling. If any of you are having trouble finishing the program, or are denied in the program, or are needing to take a break due to your Service Connected Disabilities interfering or getting worse, Please keep this in mind. I was at 70% when I started Voc Rehab Chapter 31. Upon graduation which i barely finished as my SC Depression was at an all time worse, just lost another job 3 months prior to graduating. I then discovered this site and met one particular member that helped me to stay positive. That member also explained that I had options and could ask …0 votes1 answer
I have a SC disability rated at 60% for lower back and Sciatica. I am in real need of different office chair. I have bought 2 chairs and 4 cushions but they aren't helping. What would I need to to to try and get a real ergonomic chair. like the 1,000's ones that I can't afford. I work from home so this would be for work. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. I am going through the Huntington VA office.0 votes3 answers
According to Ebenefits, I have about 12 months left on my current VocRehab contract. This is the first time I’ve used Vocrehab. I completed my VocRehab education over two years ago. Still no gainful employment. My counselor elected Business program (certificate) because I used GI bill for useless business degree (I didn’t know it would be useless at the time)lol...and denied my request for nursing school with no explanation, even though I was a nursing assistant and had all nursing pre reqs done. To me it’s common sense that if my business degree is useless why would counselor choose another business program for me? Initially he denied me any services and only obliged aft…0 votes3 answers
According to VA laws, regulations, statues the goal the Voc Rehab is to provide training that fulfills veterans aptitudes and interest (be it going to Law school, Med. School, a Phd, etc) and which ideally would lead to suitable and gainful employment. Therefore the law states – and there is plenty of legal precedent to back it up – that it is up to the veteran (and not to the VA counselor) to decide what school to go and what coursework to pursue. The latitude of decision making that a VA counselor has is very much limited to situations whereby the veteran demonstrate an inability to pass in his coursework (veterans has failed all his/her classes), and not to whether or …0 votes5 answers
I'm new to Voc Rehab question. I'm approved, I just started my first semester. I need to order my supplies for my classes. I was told I'd be purchasing them and I'd get reimbursed. I sent my Counselor an email Friday asking how to go about this, sent a followup yesterday, and tried calling today. I'm ok with buying them and putting the paperwork in. I just have no idea how. Should I order my materials, or do I need pre-approval?0 votes4 answers
Tbird posted an answer to a question,Further Reading from VA.gov
How do I upload evidence online to support my disability claim?
If you’ve filed a claim for disability compensation, you can continue uploading more evidence for up to one year to support your claim. Evidence may include supporting documents like medical test results, doctor’s reports, and other records. Upload your evidence online now.
If you’re waiting for a decision on your disability claim, you can upload evidence to support that claim using our claim status tool.
Upload evidence using our claim status tool
Note: For any other type of document you’d like to submit online to us, please use the QuickSubmit tool through AccessVA.
If I filed a standard disability claim, when should I upload evidence?
Upload your evidence as soon as you can.
You can continue uploading documents for up to 1 year from the date we receive your claim. But, if you don’t provide any evidence or give us the information we need to help you get evidence within 30 days, we may make a decision on your claim earlier.
If we decide your claim early, you’ll still have the rest of the 1-year period to provide more information or evidence.
What happens if I upload more evidence after I’ve submitted a fully developed claim?
We’ll remove your disability claim from the Fully Developed Claims program and process it as a standard claim.
If we decide your claim earlier than 1 year from the date we received the claim, you’ll still have the rest of the year to provide any additional information or evidence.
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broncovet posted a question in VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims Research Forum,Let's begin with the regulation on CUE:
https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/38/20.1403#:~:text=Clear and unmistakable error is,different but for the error.
The Cue error, therefore, needs to be all these things:
2. Outcome determinative.
3. Based on the records VA has in their possession at the time of the decision. If VA was/is missing critical evidence, consider filing a 38 CFR 3.156 (new evidence) instead of CUE.
4. May be filed at any time, such as after the one year appeal period expired.
What CUE is NOT:
Rattler posted an answer to a question,Let me give you some guidance. But first I have to ask some questions.
Did you file an "intent to file" with the VA. What this means is you filed with the VA saying I want to file a claim for XX. An "intent to file" claim basically says you are going to provide the VA with more information with in one years time. (Service Medical Records, Doctors Reports outside of the VA Etc.)
If you did not do an "intent to file" you filed a direct claim and you have started the claims process. Each can be time sensitive.
Hopefully I can give you a step by step on how to do this.
1. If you have not done so you will need to get your military records including you military medical records.
You need to do this now. You military records can take 1 to 3 Mo.
Your VA records can take 8 to 9 Mo.
Without them you are kind of shooting in the dark.
You need to sign-up with the VA at https://www.va.gov/?next=loginModal .
I recommend you use Login.gov to get your login above the others as it seems to work better than the others
This way you can track you claims, apply for other VA benefits'.
2. Go to the Non-VA doctors that have diagnosed you with XXX and get there medical records. Go through the records and pull out ONLY the ones that say you have XXX and submit ONLY THE RECORS THAT PROVE YOUR CLAIM. I can not stress this enough. The VA people who review your claim do not have the time to read through 500 pages of your medical history to pick out the 2 pages that says you have XXX. This will hopefully speed up your claim.
3. The quickest way to submit stuff to the VA is at this address. https://eauth.va.gov/accessva/#forVeterans . This is why you need to get the VA access through Login.gov.
Use the Quick Submit button and follow the instructions.
This should get you going in the right direction.
Two words to the wise.
1. Do not rely on Youtube or other videos on the internet. There is a lot of misinformation out there. There is a lot of old information that doesn't work in today's VA.
2. When seeking a VSO with a veterans service veterans service organization the first words out of your mouth should be, "Do you have VBMS access." VBMS access is real time access to your VA claims file. There are a lot veterans service organization that have suto VSO that kind of only do intake for veterans service organization. What I mean by this is they are not "VA Certified Claims Agents." they are only trained by the veterans service organization to fill out forms and submit them via fax or mail. Only "VA Certified Claims Agents" have VBMS access.
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