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  1. In Feb of 2018 I had an accident where my back went out on my and my left side became paralysed. I spent two weeks in the hospital relearning how to walk with a walker. I also became incontentine because of the nerve damage. I eventually regained some feeling in my left side and now am able to walk with a cane, but still have footdrop. In January of 2019 I had a counselor come to my 'unfinished' home, for an appt on Independent Living. He made several suggestions, including an SAH/HISA grants, scooters, lift chair and hospital bed. My VR counselor wrote up the items and sent them to my, then current, primary. My primary ignored them. VR then said they could do nothing for me until my primary complied; so they closed my case. I got a new primary, as I moved to the Womens Clinic and reopened my claim. Rather than going back and submitting the paperwork to my new primary, VR decided I needed a new home visit. I complied. The suggestions came back similar to the original visit. Here comes CV19 and my VR counselor is 'working from home' and does not have her notes and I have to start all over again! MY response: I have NO CLUE what VR is up to ... My situation has changed since I last spoke to her in April. My cousin, a veteran, who is now living in V.A. assisted living, wants to live with me and is appointing me as his guardian. I have no idea how to deal with this, as it would require new modifications, as he is pretty much in the same boat as me ... except he uses TWO canes ... In November I had to have a quad-by-pass, because of the dioxin and agent orange. Due to the fact I had this surgery at a private hospital, referred by VA, they did not provide me medication upon my discharge ... They thought the VA would. Because of this and not knowing how important this medication was; I went without. This caused me to be hospitalized again, because my surgery did not take and I needed to have FIVE stents. I can't understand, how to the V.A., Veterans seem to be second class citizens. Any suggestions of how to get them to do their job?
  2. 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 responses I've ever witnessed from someone I had an appointment with. The counselors comes off as being cocky, yet incompetent and that's a bad mix. This counselor is trying to push me into education I know will make my disability worse or possibly cause me trouble at my C&P exam if I try it out. Berta said her husband was sent a letter of reduction for simply trying to take a semester of college. Then they tried to get him a job inside the VA and it went bad. It appears this counselor is trying to make me go through the same things. If anything good comes out of this I think it'll be that I got some more medical proof for my disabilities through these functioning test. All of this leads me to believe that I'm wasting my time with this counselor. If I did try and go to college I can only imagine how bad this counselor would mess up the paperwork. The counselor already messed up the easy paperwork that was sent to me, so why should I think this counselor could handle college enrollment paperwork and financial paperwork? I'm sure I would be having to pay a lot of money out of my own pocket due to this counselor's errors. Should I ask for a new counselor or is this just the norm?
  3. In January of this year I was approved for the ILP through Voc Rehab. I had an Industrial Psychologist come to my home and visit with me for three hours. He developed a report that was then submitted to my VR counselor. My VR counselor then created several 'Request for Medical Services' Chpt 31 that were delivered, by me to my Primary. They stalled for several months of getting me the supplies which ranged from long handle grabber, electric scooter and HISA Grant for outside work which included drive-way. The only thing that was delivered was a set of grab rails and a shower chair. The issue I believe was with the Prosthetic dept; as I suspect I caught them in a lie. They stated that they had ordered the items and they had to give them out to other veterans. These folks would not follow-up with VR and because of this VR cancelled my ILP. I recently applied for a HISA Grant and was denied. They stated that my prescription was for hand rails and a ramp. In no place on the ILP plan does it request that. How does one appeal a HISA Grant? HISA recommendation.pdf
  4. Hi everyone! So I have bipolar disorder, and I've made massive progress in my wellbeing in the last 6 months from diet/exercise and tons of self-help books and a Bipolar Life Skills program. Anyway, I feel great, and have for months and months now, and I feel like I'm ready to go back to school and finish my degree (in psychology) and try to get higher education so I can help other Veterans out of depression (I want to be a psychologist, the Psy.D route). Anyway I'm at 100% right now for my bipolar disorder, and I'm getting re-rated in like 2 years. I have 1 month left on my 9/11 GI Bill, which isn't enough for me to finish my degree (I have 2 years left). I'm aware that I have to put in for Voc Rehab before using my last month of benefits in order to get the higher Voc Rehab BAH rate. So my question is, if I call up Voc Rehab and say "Hey I'm feeling well enough to do school again and work and I want to be a psychologist and help other Veterans get their lives together" will the Voc Rehab people immediately schedule me for a re-evaluation? Don't get me wrong I want to get off of this disability stuff but if Voc Rehab is going to pay me only the BAH for the school's zip code, that is not enough for me to live on without a roommate (I'm 30) or some other source of income, not even close, like, the BAH is 3k per month, and the cheapest studios around the school (within a 45-minute drive one way) are $1200, and there are so many people applying for the apartments that unless you can show you bring home an income that is 3x your rent (in this case $3600 per month), they won't rent to you. I already tried to move there on my current monthly income (3k) and I got no responses. Living on campus is possible but would be a nightmare as I would have to spend 4 months out of the year living with my 62 year old mom and my stepdad in a cramped little house. It's just not realistic. I know for a fact they wouldn't let me live with them for 4 months out of the year. Even when I was homeless they were only going to let me stay there for 1 week until I got into a VA housing program. It especially wouldn't work if I wanted to take summer courses because the dorms are closed during the summer and my family lives in another state. I also wouldn't be able to maintain my current extremely-healthy diet because no cooking is allowed in the dorms (no hot plates or toaster ovens). I eat very specific health-food recipes and mealprep 3-4 days at a time. The dining facility at the college is okay but is incompatible with my superfood diet. I checked to see if the school has off-campus school-sponsored housing but they don't have any. Anyway, I could absolutely make it work even if I'm bumped down to 50%, but if they put me at 10% or something I'm going to have to get a job when I'm going to school which would be too hard for me to do while getting the grades I need to get into a Psy.D program. Transferring schools to a cheaper area isn't much of an option because my transcript is so awful right now that no one else will take me. Will Voc Rehab set my BAH to 3x the studio rent for the area so I can get an apartment? I can hear you laughing now, I've dealt with the VA, I know the answer is probably "Yeah sure, when pigs fly." Thanks for any help!
  5. Hello Everyone, After being approved for Voc Rehab and driving 35 miles back and forth to the VR&E office, I was recently sent a letter denying me for these benefits. Overall, it was a TERRIBLE experience. I felt like she was patronizing me each time i walked into her office. Despite taking the tests, giving her my transcripts and everything going smoothly(i thought), it seemed like each time I met with her their were new reasons to string me along not give me an IWRP. One time it was the testing, the next time it was that she wasnt prepared. I almost felt as if the counselor Allison, Didn't want me to be a part of the program(despite being approved and being entitled for the VR&E benefits). I felt defeated and even went as far as calling the regional office in Philadelphia. That proved to not work as the associate VRO told me that "my counselor knows my situation and file best, she should be able to point me in the right direction." Can anyone else share their experience (good, bad or ugly) and interactions with VOC Rehab getting(or TRYING TO get) the benefits we are entitled to in the VR&E program? Thanks, Pat
  6. I was working in the TWE program. While I was in the program I was accepted to voc rehab the vr councelor said that I could not be in both programs so I withdrew from TWE upon my first appointment to vr the councelor told me that all they do is try to help with an entry level job.I stated that I was interested in schooling she told me that since I was 100% P&T for ptsd that I can't work or the VA would reduce my rating and that the vr was an employment program only and that they can not approve school or independent living, that I should have stayed in the TWE program but they as well are an employment program but that i needed an IEEP to justify my inability to adapt to working the 3 weeks that I spent on the TWE program was really making my irritability and depression worse all they had me doing was cleaning toilets and patient rooms. I have been a GM for a General Motors dealership and a VP for 2 different security companies yet I don't have a degree of any kind and upon relocating to a different state all of the local job market wants people with college background ie: bachelors to do what I was doing before I was awarded 100% seeing how both of these VA programs only help with entry level jobs I can't justify working for a minimum wage job and losing both my ssdi and VA I have never heard of the independent living program until the vr councelor mentioned it. I didn't inquire about it because she said that they didn't participate....anybody have advice please help
  7. I need some input regarding a few regs. I returned to school last fall through VR&E, but was put on an IEEP because of a diagnosis of PTSD 8 years ago and rated 100% for it. I am a senior graduating in December and have always been a 4.0 GPA student. At the end of the semester, my new case manager decided that she was not going to fund my last semester (spring 2018, that I just finished) and i ended up paying for it out of my pocket. I was also put infront of a panel who a few weeks later made a "recomendation" (read mandated) for futher evaluations, neuropsychological evaluation, anger management skills group, and mental health counseling. I asked for an admin review and was told by one supervisor that I could not have one because there was a "recomendation" and not a decision made. The following are a few messages between the supervisor and myself. What I really need is a solid way to push the issue with the regulations. They seem to think that they are fully justified simply because the did not put it in my IEEP. In advance, Thank you. Bob leter 1 February 27, 2018 David Crosby Department of Veterans Affaires VA Regional Office VR&E Division 5400 W. National Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53214 Dear David Crosby, I am writing to you to request that you review my record for an administrative review. The reason for this, is that I am in an IEEP and I strongly disagree with the panel’s decision based on the following: · As a full time, college senior with a 4.0 GPA, I have more than proven my abilities to deal with a stressful environment. I should be allowed to continue my education through the VR&E program. · My enrollment in the IEEP allows for an additional semester of education as long as the second semester is not to determine academic potential, which I have more than proven. I have met each of the requirements stated except, the last 2 bullets points, because they are the responsibility of the VA and not the veteran. Please see below. · I should also be able to continue to receive my subsistence pay as indicated below in part 3, 5. · The panel has recommended that I attend a neuropsychological evaluation, anger management skills group, and mental health counseling based from a rating decision made eight years ago. · The panel did not look at my medical records from the Seattle VA PSHCS to see the counseling, anger management and neuropsychological testing that I have gone through since the rating decision and the last neuropsychological test was done in 2012 after a motor vehicle accident to assist with TBI testing. This would show my progress and that I am in a place that I do not need the recommended objectives per my mental health team in Washington state. · Per M28R, Part IV, Section C, Chapter 3 Revised March 31, 2014, GUIDELINES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND ADMINISTRATION OF AN EXTENDED EVALUATION PLAN, states that: 38 CFR 21.53 states that the achievement of a vocational goal is reasonably feasible when the following conditions are met: 1. A vocational goal has been identified, and 2. The Veteran’s physical and mental conditions permit training for the goal to begin within a reasonable period, and 3. The Veteran possesses the skills to pursue the vocational goal, or VR&E will provide the training necessary to achieve the goal. All of the above have been met. I have an identified goal that works in conjunction with my IT back ground in disaster recovery and business continuity. 1. Program Goal Per 38 CFR 21.86, the program goal for an IEEP is to determine if the achievement of a vocational goal is currently reasonably feasible. If possible, a specific occupational goal or occupational cluster and a three-digit Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) code are included. However, if the VRC is utilizing a fast track IEEP, or if the goal is not clearly defined, the use of DOT code 999 is permissible. 38 CFR Ch. I 21.35 Definitions (2) The term achievement of a vocational goal is reasonably feasible means the effects of the veteran’s disability (service and nonservice-connected), when considered in relation to the veteran’s circumstances does not prevent the veteran from successfully pursuing a vocational rehabilitation program and becoming gainfully employed in an occupation consistent with the veteran’s abilities, aptitudes, and interests; (3) The term achievement of a vocational goal is not currently reasonably feasible means the effects of the veteran’s disability (service and nonservice connected), when considered in relation to the veteran’s circumstances at the time of the determination: (i) Prevent the veteran from successfully achieving a vocational goal at that time; or (ii) Are expected to worsen within the period needed to achieve a vocational goal and which would, therefore, make achievement not reasonably feasible. This is important because the information the panel had was not taken into consideration. The following from the same regulations are also not being met: 4. Academic Programs Academic coursework may be an appropriate part of an extended evaluation plan, but services cannot consist solely of academic programs. In general, the IEEP should consist of no more than one term of academic coursework. However, one additional academic term may be approved if the reason for the additional term is not solely for the purpose of determining academic potential. When considering if an additional academic term is appropriate, the VRC must: • Determine that additional diagnostic and/or evaluative services are needed • Ensure that the second academic term is authorized in conjunction with these additional diagnostic and/or evaluative services • Address all feasibility concerns during the second academic term • Submit written documentation regarding the need for additional services that specifies how the additional services will assist in the determination of feasibility • Obtain concurrence from the VR&E Officer 5. Subsistence Allowance Per 38 CFR 21.266, a Veteran participating in an extended evaluation program can receive a subsistence allowance. The allowance is paid in accordance to 38 CFR 21.260. 3. Extended Evaluation and Independent Living Program A Veteran in a program of extended evaluation or an Independent Living (IL) program may be paid subsistence allowance for full, three-quarter, or half-time participation at the rate specified for institutional training in accordance with 38 CFR 21.260. It is important to note that per 38 CFR 21.260, subsistence allowance is not payable when pursuing a plan at less than half-time unless a determination of reduced work tolerance has been made or unless one-quarter time is allowable under an Individualized Extended Evaluation Plan (IEEP). If an extended evaluation or IL program is pursued on a less than a quarter-time basis, VA will only pay established charges for services provided. The procedures for processing an original or amended award found in M28R.V.B.8 should be followed when processing subsistence allowance for Veterans participating in an extended evaluation or IL program. Allowance during a period of extended evaluation is paid based on the rate of attendance and the number of dependents. Extended Evaluation program subsistence allowance rates: Number of Dependents Full Time Three Quarter Time One Half Time One Quarter Time No Dependents $605.44 $454.92 $304.39 $152.17 One Dependent $751.00 $564.07 $377.14 $188.59 Two Dependents $885.00 $661.67 $443.31 $443.31 Each Additional Dependent $64.50 $49.61 $33.10 $33.10 As you can see, there are clearly problems with the decision that I would like to see resolved. Sincerely, Reply: Dear Mr. Klement:• In response to your letter of 03/08/2018. You are currently in an Extended Evaluation program. You have been provided with the one semester of academic instruction which was part of your extended evaluation. According to the regulations to provide a second semester, it must be part of the extended evaluation with a written request for this second week. There is no written documentation of need for a second semester of training in your extended evaluation plan, or approval for a second semester. Without these items no reimbursement can not be made through the chapter 31 program. Sincerely, Albert Hess Supervisory Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor My reply, Dear Mr. Hess, Thank you for your recent reply. Again, my questions have not been answered. Again, I cite the regulation for the authorization for a second semester. I m fully aware of what the regulations say, because I cited it for you and I will again. This was why I wanted an administrative review. I want the second semester put in my IEEP and Ii have supplied the justification for it. Again, your office has failed to cite a regulation that counters this regulation. Also, your last correspondence failed to address the subsistence allowance that I am eligible for because I AM IN AN IEEP! These two things should have been in my plan and need to be added. It was these two missing items from my IEEP that give justification for an administrative review that I asked for weeks ago. I would like to have this semester reimbursed since I am still in an IEEP. As long as it is not for academic feasibility, which my grades have more than proven that I am not, then I am allowed to have the second semester while still in the IEEP. Per M28R, Part IV, Section C, Chapter 3, states “… however, one additional academic term may be approved if the reason for the additional term is not solely for the purpose of determining academic potential. When considering if an additional academic term is appropriate, the VRC must: • Determine that additional diagnostic and/or evaluative services are needed The panel has recommended more diagnostic testing, the psychiatric neurological meets this requirement • Ensure that the second academic term is authorized in conjunction with these additional diagnostic and/or evaluative services This speaks for itself. • Address all feasibility concerns during the second academic term Has not been done. • Submit written documentation regarding the need for additional services that specifies how the additional services will assist in the determination of feasibility This is your offices job. • Obtain concurrence from the VR&E Officer This is your offices job. I have more than met this requirement. I would also request my monthly subsistence be restored, with back pay, since I am still in an IEEP, I should still be receiving my monthly subsistence and I am still in school full time. Per 38 CFR 21.266, a Veteran participating in an extended evaluation program can receive a subsistence allowance. The allowance is paid in accordance with 38 CFR 21.260. A Veteran in a program of extended evaluation or an Independent Living (IL) program may be paid a subsistence allowance for full, three-quarter, or half-time participation at the rate specified for institutional training in accordance with 38 CFR 21.260. The procedures for processing an original or amended award found in M28R.V.B.8 should be followed when processing subsistence allowance for Veterans participating in an extended evaluation or IL program. I am asking for this to be reviewed and answered for. I cannot ask in a more direct way than this, so there is no ambiguity or reason for it to not be addressed or understood. I have met the requirements for these two items. If not, please advise why and cite your source so I can find the corresponding regulations. I do not believe there is a counter to these regulations. VA responce: Dear Mr. Klement: In response to your letter of 02/27/2018, requesting an administrative review of the Vocational Rehabilitation Panel decision. After review of the meeting notes of 01/26/2018 it is noted that the panel did not make a decision regarding your feasibility to pursue a vocational goal. Rather the panel extended your extended evaluation for another 3 to 6 months with recommendations which needed to be accomplished prior to making that decision. You can communicate this information to present to the panel through your case manager Rosalie Cifaldi VRC. The M28R, Part Ill, Section C, Chapter 33.05 Administrative Review a. Definition An administrative review is initiated after a formal decision is made. The review provides the resolution to uphold or overturn the formal decision. It focuses on •questions regarding policy and procedures, application of the laws; regulatory­ guidelines or directives. With the continuation of your Extended Evaluation no formal decision was made concerning your feasibility to pursue a vocational goal. Therefore no administrative review can be conducted. Sincerely, Albert Hess Supervisory Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor My reply: Dear Mr. Hess, Thank you for your recent reply. Again, my questions have not been answered. Again, I cite the regulation for the authorization for a second semester. I m fully aware of what the regulations say, because I cited it for you and I will again. This was why I wanted an administrative review. I want the second semester put in my IEEP and Ii have supplied the justification for it. Again, your office has failed to cite a regulation that counters this regulation. Also, your last correspondence failed to address the subsistence allowance that I am eligible for because I AM IN AN IEEP! These two things should have been in my plan and need to be added. It was these two missing items from my IEEP that give justification for an administrative review that I asked for weeks ago. I would like to have this semester reimbursed since I am still in an IEEP. As long as it is not for academic feasibility, which my grades have more than proven that I am not, then I am allowed to have the second semester while still in the IEEP. Per M28R, Part IV, Section C, Chapter 3, states “… however, one additional academic term may be approved if the reason for the additional term is not solely for the purpose of determining academic potential. When considering if an additional academic term is appropriate, the VRC must: • Determine that additional diagnostic and/or evaluative services are needed The panel has recommended more diagnostic testing, the psychiatric neurological meets this requirement • Ensure that the second academic term is authorized in conjunction with these additional diagnostic and/or evaluative services This speaks for itself. • Address all feasibility concerns during the second academic term Has not been done. • Submit written documentation regarding the need for additional services that specifies how the additional services will assist in the determination of feasibility This is your offices job. • Obtain concurrence from the VR&E Officer This is your offices job. I have more than met this requirement. I would also request my monthly subsistence be restored, with back pay, since I am still in an IEEP, I should still be receiving my monthly subsistence and I am still in school full time. Per 38 CFR 21.266, a Veteran participating in an extended evaluation program can receive a subsistence allowance. The allowance is paid in accordance with 38 CFR 21.260. A Veteran in a program of extended evaluation or an Independent Living (IL) program may be paid a subsistence allowance for full, three-quarter, or half-time participation at the rate specified for institutional training in accordance with 38 CFR 21.260. The procedures for processing an original or amended award found in M28R.V.B.8 should be followed when processing subsistence allowance for Veterans participating in an extended evaluation or IL program. I am asking for this to be reviewed and answered for. I cannot ask in a more direct way than this, so there is no ambiguity or reason for it to not be addressed or understood. I have met the requirements for these two items. If not, please advise why and cite your source so I can find the corresponding regulations. I do not believe there is a counter to these regulations. Sincerely,
  8. I graduate soon and want to teach english overseas in either Japan or S. Korea but my GPA is too low for the requirements of the teaching credential program. Is there a possibility that the VocRehab program would let me retake classes in order to raise my gpa?
  9. 2 years ago applied for Voc Rehab Entrepreneur Track with an idea for an invention. Told by Case manager day 1 "They don't train us for this benefit." No progress after 6 months/Called KY DOL Veterans Affairs for assistance. Assistant director sends me text after 3 weeks of implied help with VR&E tells me "If I give him a percentage of my patent he will get my benefit approved". 1 year mark a Congressional Inquiry uncovers Voc Rehab hasn't started my claim officially. Under the watchful eye of Senator's office Voc Rehab sends my packet to D.C. with recommendations for Cat1 approval without doing so much as an evaluation or assessment. Get's kicked back after 1 week. In the meantime I have 7 patents filed, started a corporation, and as of last month have orders I need to fill for what is being called "A must have for drummers in 2017." The VA will not give you a dime to start a business! They can't find a reason to deny it so the play the wait game knowing most Veterans will give up or become homeless without a source of income. I have invested everything own to make this happen and the VA has "Reasonable Doubt". Well by regulation any reasonable doubt must side with approval for the Veteran. Just a diabolical way to hurt Veterans that want to be self sufficient.
  10. I was in the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VRE) program for about two years and I was placed in a job by the VRE employment coordinator that I worked for about 3 years. I was determined to be rehabilitated by VRE. I was medically retired from the job due directly to my service connected conditions. This is well documented as the reason I could no longer work at my job. Because of the 5 years spent preparing for and working at this job, I am over my 12 year eligibility period from my first rating of disability making me eligible. I am in the process of a Serious Employment Handicap (SEH) determination to make me eligible for extended services, but I found something that makes me wonder if this SEH determination is even necessary: §21.284 Reentrance into a rehabilitation program. (a) Reentrance into rehabilitation to the point of employability following a determination of rehabilitation. A veteran who has been found rehabilitated under provisions of §21.283 may be provided an additional period of training or services only if the following conditions are met: (1) The veteran has a compensable service-connected disability and either; (2) Current facts, including any relevant medical findings, establish that the veteran's service-connected disability has worsened to the extent that the effects of the service-connected disability considered in relation to other facts precludes him or her from performing the duties of the occupation for which the veteran previously was found rehabilitated; or (3) The occupation for which the veteran previously was found rehabilitated under Chapter 31 is found to be unsuitable on the basis of the veteran's specific employment handicap and capabilities. (Authority: 38 U.S.C. 3101(a)) (b) Reentrance into a program of independent living services following a determination of rehabilitation. A finding of rehabilitation following a program of independent living services may only be set aside, and an additional period of independent living services provided, if the following conditions are met: (1) Either: (i) The veteran's condition has worsened and as a result the veteran has sustained a substantial loss of independence; or (ii) Other changes in the veteran's circumstances have caused a substantial loss of independence; and (2) The provisions of §21.162 pertaining to participation in a program of independent living services are met. (Authority: 38 U.S.C. 3109) (c) Reentrance into rehabilitation to the point of employability during a period of employment services. A finding of rehabilitation to the point of employability by VA may be set aside during a period of employment services and an additional period of training and related services provided, if any of the following conditions are met: (1) The conditions for setting aside a finding of rehabilitation under paragraph (a) of this section are found; (2) The rehabilitation services originally given to the veteran are now inadequate to make the veteran employable in the occupation for which he or she pursued rehabilitation; (3) Experience during the period of employment services has demonstrated that employment in the objective or field for which the veteran was rehabilitated to the point of employability should not reasonably have been expected at the time the program was originally developed; or (4) The veteran, because of technological change which occurred subsequent to the declaration of rehabilitation to the point of employability, is no longer able: (i) To perform the duties of the occupation for which he or she trained, or in a related occupation; or (ii) To secure employment in the occupation for which he or she trained, or in a related occupation. (Authority: 38 U.S.C. 3117) [49 FR 40814, Oct. 18, 1984, as amended at 58 FR 68769, Dec. 29, 1993] Is a SEH determination necessary? I was once in the program and now I just want to reenter because my service connected conditions caused me to lose my job. Does this regulation require that I am in my basic 12 year eligibility period, or since I was once in, I can get back in without worrying about anything other than showing that this regulation applies to me? I greatly would appreciate help in this matter. Thank you!
  11. Does anyone know or they themselves ever received assistance through Voc Rehab for self employment? I need specific information... I would greatly appreciate anyone's help and I am going to share what I find after reviewing Board of Veterans Appeals Decisions in regards to the matter. Maybe no one ever has? §21.257 Self-employment. (a) Approval of self-employment as a vocational goal. A program of vocational rehabilitation benefits and services may include self-employment for an individual if VA determines that such an objective is a suitable vocational goal. VA will make this determination based on— (1) The results of the individual's initial evaluation conducted in accordance with the provisions of §21.50; and (2) The provisions of this section. (Authority: 38 U.S.C. 3104(a)) (b) Definition. For purposes of this subpart, individuals with the most severe service-connected disability(ies) who require self-employment means individuals who have been determined by VA to have limitations affecting employability arising from the effects of each individual's service-connected disability(ies), which are so severe as to necessitate selection of self-employment as the only reasonably feasible vocational goal for the individuals. (Authority: 38 U.S.C. 3104) (c) Scope of self-employment benefits and services. (1) VA may provide the self-employment services listed in paragraph (d) of this section to program participants who are pursuing the vocational goal of self-employment. (2) VA may provide the more extensive services listed in paragraph (e) of this section to individuals with the most severe service-connected disability(ies) who require self-employment. (Authority: 38 U.S.C. 3104(a)) (d) Assistance for other individuals in self-employment. Subject to the provisions of §21.258, VA may provide the following assistance to any individual for whom self-employment is determined to be a suitable vocational goal— (1) Vocational training; (2) Incidental training in the management of a business; (3) License or other fees required for self-employment; (4) Necessary tools and supplies for the occupation; and (5) Services described in §21.252. (Authority: 38 U.S.C. 3104(a)) (e) Special self-employment services for individuals with the most severe service-connected disability(ies) who require self-employment. Individuals described in paragraph (b) of this section who are in a self-employment program may receive— (1) The services described in paragraph (d) of this section; and (2) The assistance described in §21.214. (Authority: 38 U.S.C. 3104, 3116, 3117) (f) Feasibility analysis of a proposed self-employment business plan. VA will conduct a comprehensive review and analysis of the feasibility of a proposed business plan, as submitted by the individual or developed with VA's assistance, prior to authorizing a rehabilitation plan leading to self-employment (a “self-employment plan”). The feasibility analysis must include— (1) An analysis of the economic viability of the proposed business; (2) A cost analysis specifying the amount and types of assistance that VA will provide; (3) A market analysis for the individual's proposed services or products; (4) Availability of financing from non-VA sources, including the individual's personal resources, local banks, and other sources; (5) Evidence of coordination with the Small Business Administration to secure special consideration under section 8 of the Small Business Act, as amended; (6) The location of the site for the proposed business and the cost of the site, if any; and (7) A training plan to operate a successful business. (Authority: 38 U.S.C. 3104) [75 FR 3170, Jan. 20, 2010] §21.258 Cost limitations on approval of self-employment plans. A self-employment plan with an estimated or actual cost of less than $25,000 may be approved by the VR&E Officer with jurisdiction. Any self-employment plan with an estimated or actual cost of $25,000 or more must be approved by the Director, VR&E Service. (Authority: 38 U.S.C. 3104) [75 FR 3170, Jan. 20, 2010]
  12. I have just graduated from a 6-month educational program that Voc Rehab paid for. Now I am supposed to submit my resume and license to Voc Rehab and start the "Employment Ready" portion of the program, where I receive 2 months of pay to tide me over while I look for work. I have a license to work for myself, so technically showing my resume and license would be enough to qualify for being Employment Ready. However, my husband has just been offered a position to travel internationally for the next year or two. Of course my daughter and I will be going with him, and we leave Sept 1. So I'm conflicted about what to do with Voc Rehab. I'd like to be honest, of course, but I'd like to know what the repercussions will be when I tell my counselor. If I tell my counselor that I'm putting my "looking for work" on hold for 1-2 years, will they make me pay back my tuition? Does anyone know what is required of me after these 2 months of "looking for work"? Am I supposed to meet with my counselor 2 months from now, a year from now, etc? Basically, I'm trying to sort out what would happen if tell her or or not tell her, so I can lessen the possibility of something going badly. Thanks so much for your help!
  13. I have been in college for one year now and I am still not sure what is entitled to me with voc rehab. I had a tbi that effects my memory, concentration, and my ability to remember my location at times. I would like to know what could help me complete my college degree. A doctor recommended a lifescribe pen that records the lesson as I take notes, a garmin Oregon gps, dragon naturally speaking software, a dell laptop and many other things but I only received a computer and a copy of dragon. I hope to hear some words of the wise from other vets that have gone through voc rehab. Thank you in advance for your suggestions!
  14. Went on line to ebenfits aka epeggy. Applied for Voc rehab. Went to my appt on Wed and was approved for Voc rehab all this in under 45 days. Go back Monday for some time to test, I wish the rest of the VA moved this quick.
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    Looking Up!

    Hi everyone, In the last year and a half I consider myself very blessed... Approved for 70% disability, Approved for Voc Rehab (Haven't started yet), Approved for TSGLI, Started a steady job and was promoted (VA Call Center), Refinanced the house yesterday, and got engaged. I would like to thank Hadit for helping me get back on my feet and having this great resource available for all vets! My hat is off to all of you!!
  16. I'm in the Voc-Rehab and have 3 more classes before I complete my bachelors degree. My question is , will the VA pay for me to continue my education to get a masters degree? If so, is there a certain form I will need to submit requesting an extenstion?
  17. I applied for a memorandum rating which is what you need while you're going through the MEB process to get the ball rolling on applying for the Voc Rehab benefit. All they need to do is look at your application and determine whether you will get 20% or more then you get this memorandum rating and that allows you to apply for Voc Rehab while on active duty and going through the MEB process. That way, when you get out, you will be ready to start school immediately. When I applied, I was told that it should take about 2 weeks to get an answer and it has been over 2 months! Has anyone else had a similar experience? Any ideas as to how to resolve this other than calling them every week like I have been doing?
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    Voc Rehad

    VR&E would be a great program if these counselors knew what the hell they were doing and actually cared about the veterans they work for. Let me explain what's going on. Each month I received 889.17 with the exception of breaks in between terms. My counselor sent me an email about 2-3 weeks ago stating I was entitled to more money and back pay since OCT 2011 because of the VR&E's Post 9/11 Subsistence Allowance rates. She told me to sign the form and mail it back to her. Which I did. Well I researched the VR&E's rates on the internet. I came across a form with the rates on the VA's website. That also stated: "Training in foreign institutions and training that is solely on-line or in-home will be based on the national average BAH."<<<This is my current program. I never leave the house and my courses are all online. http://www.vba.va.go...oc/sa_rates.pdf page 4 first paragraph. This prompted me to ask her if I was entitled to the national average. BAH, legit question I think given the circumstances. However, she said no because all my training was on-line and my rate is supposed to be half the national average.What the hell? But it clearly states is in black and white but anyway. I asked her what my new rate was after I signed the form. She never sent me an email back informing me of my new rate. Normal procedure for her NOT to email me back or call back. So i just took it in stride. Well, I just checked my e-benefits account and their is a projected payment of $671.00-a complete shock-to be paid on the 30th of this month; I also have THREE DEPENDENTS. Now remember, I signed the form electing the VR&E's Post 9/11 GI Bill's (VR&E P911) rates. So, I think is what she did was she transferred me over to the Post 9/11 rate which is half the national average for online courses and completely did away with my VR&E's previous rate of $889.17. I am going to go talk to my VSO ASAP. But my question to you all is: If you elect the VR&E's subsistence allowance rates does it matter if your classes are online or not? Meaning if all of my classes are online, which they are, will my payments be less or are the payments consistent like they would be if I was in a traditional classroom? I think it should not matter but the payments would be the same regardless of whether traditional or online. I apologize if this post is hard to read but something isn't clear to me either and that's why it comes across as a difficult read. The last email I received from her pertaining to this matter was she thinks it was best this way because I would get more money. She must be a complete moron if she thinks this is true. Don't get me wrong, I am very thankful for the VA and the opportunities they offer for veterans but the incompetent counselors have to go. I know more about her job then she does. Perhaps, I should become a counselor; I would at least care about the veterans or maybe it's a requirement in the job description for them not to care. I am not going to release her name but she works out of the WINSTON-SALEM OFFICE IN NORTH CAROLINA. Has anyone else ever had a problem out of the Winston-Salem office? At the very least, I am definitely requesting a new counselor; because this one certainly has no clue what she is doing. VR&E is an excellent program if it is followed properly. I have used all three previous bills. The Post 9/11 Bill, MGIB and now VR&E. I never had one single problem from P911 or MGIB. But now that I have enrolled into VR&E it has been one problem right after the other. Ranging from pay, communication problems, as well as VR&E's incompetency issues. This program has been extremely frustrating. More of a hassle then a help. However, I will hang on a little more but I am getting close to my breaking point with this mess, and saying the hell with VR&E and switch over to P911 since I have forfeited my MGIB. That's how aggravating the VR&E Program has been for me. On paper it looks great but when dealing with the VR&E employees, it's literally a pain in my assets!!
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