Vocational Training for Certain Veterans Receiving VA Pension


To assist new pension recipients to resume and maintain gainful employment by providing vocational training and other services.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 04/29/2005 (Provision has expired.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Direct Payments for Specified Use; Advisory Services and Counseling.
Program Accomplishments
Cases: There were five cases in fiscal year 2001 and fiscal year 2002 anticipates three cases.
Public Laws 98-543, 100-687, 102-83, 102-291, 102- 568, 38 U.S.C. 1524.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Veterans who are awarded a VA pension before January 1, 1996, who are in receipt of VA pension at the time they apply for vocational training, and for whom VA determines the achievement of a vocational goal is reasonably feasible. Applications cannot generally be processed if VA received them after January 1,1996.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Veterans who are awarded a VA pension before January 1, 1996, who are in receipt of VA pension at the time they apply for vocational training, and for whom VA determines the achievement of a vocational goal is reasonably feasible. Veterans may request an evaluation to determine reasonable feasibility of achieving a vocational goal. No application can be processed if VA received it on or after December 31, 1995.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
An application (VA Form 28-8966) may be obtained from any VA office and returned to the regional office.
Award Procedure
Awards are authorized at the regional office for direct distribution to the beneficiaries.
Generally, a veteran must have begun a program of vocational training and employment assistance between February 1, 1985, and December 31, 1995, the official period of this temporary program. No veteran may begin training on or after August 1, 1996, unless a rehabilitation plan was prepared and signed prior to that date.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Average is 100 days.
Available through special board. In the event of a denial of benefits, claimants are advised of their appeal rights and procedures at the time of notification of the denial. Average time for VA to process an appeal is 630 days.
How are proposals selected?
Direct payment for specified use: payments are made directly to the providers of goods and services for program participants; payments include tuition, fees, books, supplies, tutoring, professional services, and medical care if not available in a VA facility.
How may assistance be used?
The program provides for direct payment to service providers for the entire cost of tuition, books, fees, supplies, and other services. Counseling services are provided to the individual throughout participation in the program. The training phase of the program usually may not exceed 24 months and may not generally begin after January 1, 1996. The 24-month period may be extended to allow completion of the prescribed program under certain conditions. Following training, or instead of training, the veteran may be provided up to 18 months of employment assistance. Veterans who meet certain eligibility requirements may be provided an initial supply of goods and commodities to start a business. Earnings while in a vocational training program do count as income for pension, and may affect the amount received. However, a pensioner's eligibility for health care is protected for 3 years following loss of pension benefits because of income from work or training.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
The veteran's progress is monitored throughout the training program to assure that goals and objectives of the veteran's rehabilitation plan are carried out. The plan extends throughout the veteran's training program to include, when applicable, the securing of and adjusting to employment.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Not applicable.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Appendix IV of Catalog for Veterans Benefits Administration field offices.
Headquarters Office
Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration, Vocational Rehabilitation and Counseling Service (28), Washington, DC 20420. Telephone: (202) 273-7419.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments) FY 02 $20,000; FY 03 est $15,000; and FY 04 est $15,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Actual costs of books, supplies, tuition and fees (does not include pension allowance).
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not published or final; "Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents," VA Pamphlet 80-99-1, $5.00, available from Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954. The stock number is: 051-000-00217-2.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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