Mailroom: Letter from VR&E Counselor on Shutdown

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VA Voc Rehab Counselor Letter

This morning met us all with some dismal news about those infants we call Congress.

Since they cannot seem to do anything without making a mess, it looks like some of us may lose benefits for a little while.

I talked with my own VA Voc Rehab Counselor today to find out what to expect. I decided to write about it since this week’s antics leave many of us wondering how to plan our finances.

Here’s the drill: I include this for all newcomers – though this week is different than normal since it’s a letter from a counselor.

Normally, every week, I take an email from a veteran that would have broad appeal to many veterans. Questions are usually about the GI Bill, VA Voc Rehab, or Disability Compensation.

I then analyze the veterans benefits issue for a bit and post my input here in our weekly segment: Mailroom.

Basically, I take out all of the veteran’s identifying information from the best email and post it here with my answer.

If you have a burning question about your veterans benefits, sent me an email by selecting the contact tab at the top of this page. If I think your situation will be helpful for other veterans, I will re-post it here.

* If you do not want me to write about your veterans benefits situation, please feel free to let me know within the email. I have no problem keeping a lid on the situation, too.

 

Letter from VA Voc Rehab Counselor:

As far as I know, subsistence allowance payments will still go out as scheduled.  In regard to our office, if a budget agreement isn’t reached soon, most of us in this office will be furloughed after Friday.

 

What this means for veterans using VA Voc Rehab:

There will be no counselors to process the following:

  • New veterans claims
  • Reimbursements
  • Late subsistence payments
  • Any training modifications
  • Etc.

Basically, if you need anything via the approval of a counselor, you will not get what you want.

So, let’s keep our fingers crossed with the hope that our infantile Congress can get this sorted out in a fair and efficient manner.

 

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1 Comment

  1. Do you think Voc Rehab is exploiting disabled veterans by having them work 32 hrs weekly, getting paid $400/hr and still maintaining their appointments? if I was only 50% or 100%, this is wrong! this decision is to decipher whether or not I can get an MBA, regardless of my BS honors. I have to complete to volunteer work one whole year before they let me know whether they will agree to let me get an MBA… I feel exploited, used, and I have no reassurance of the end result. Help me please!

    BTW- I was also AFSOC aerospace Medicine for 4 years

    Rachel D.

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