Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)

  • Application is separate and distinct from other VA educational benefits (you will work with a VR&E counselor).
  • Disability rating:
    • Active duty servicemembers: must obtain a memorandum rating of 20%.
    • Veterans: service-connected disability rating of at least 10%.
  • You must have received a discharge that is other than dishonorable.
  • Generally, benefits are payable for 12 years from the date of notification from one of the following:
    • Date of separation from active military service, or
    • Date the Veteran was first notified by the VA of a service-connected disability rating.

VA Form 28-1905

  • The VA Form 28-1905 is a required form that your VR&E counselor must send to the School Certifying Official before the start of the semester. If the VA-Form 28-1905 is not received, it will delay your VA education benefits.
    • Depending on your course of study or VR&E counselor, a VA-Form 28-1905 may be filled out for only one semester or multiple semesters.
    • If you have any questions and/ or concerns, please contact us.
  • Based on your course schedule, the SCO will fill out and sign your 28-1905 and submit it to:
    • Barnes & Noble Bookstore at IU South Bend (books)
      • If you purchase books at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore at IU South Bend, please inform an associate that you are a Veteran receiving Chapter 31 benefits.
        • Please take a photo ID and your university ID number for verification.
    • Office of the Bursar (billing to the VA for tuition and fees)