The Department of Veterans Affairs announced an upcoming opportunity for members of the public to participate in an upcoming Advisory Committee meeting about VA Vocational Rehabilitation policy.

VA has at least 28 VA advisory committees including 17 that are established by statute. Each year these committees meet to discuss various issues related to the topic area and make recommendations to the VA secretary and related. The upcoming meeting, May 7-8, 2018, covers VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment along with other rehab programs for the Veterans’ Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation.

VA Vocational Rehabilitation is a program for disabled veterans with employment handicaps. It helps veterans struggling to gain employment due to their disabilities retrain or use other services to gain employment in suitable occupations using 5 employment tracks including long-term training such as college.

RELATED: Learn About Voc Rehab’s 5 Track System

Personally, I used VA Voc Rehab to become a veterans rights attorney, and the program paid for my undergrad, law school, and law firm.

During that process, I wrote the Voc Rehab Survival Guide, an eBook that helps veterans access the program without being denied benefits during the application process. I now spend a ton of time working on policy fixes for the program and representing wrongly denied veterans.

VA is required by law to publish such meetings, and most if not all such Advisory meetings are open to the public. I encourage any of you with feedback and recommendations for the Committee to submit those in writing as noted below about VA Vocational Rehabilitation policy.

RELATED: Quick Facts When Applying For Voc Rehab

I published the entire notice below so you can participate. The Committee creates a report each year, and hopefully, your comments will be incorporated or considered by the members of the committee.

REVIEW: 2017 Meeting Notes And Charter

Veterans’ Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation; Notice of Meeting

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) gives notice under the Federal Advisory Committee Act that a meeting of the Veterans’ Advisory Committee on Rehabilitation (VACOR) will be held on Monday and Tuesday, May 7-8, 2018 in room 542, 1800 G Street NW, Washington DC 20006. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. (EST) on May 7th and begin at 8:00 a.m. (EST) on May 8th and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. (EST) each day. Both meetings are open to the public.    

The purpose of the Committee is to provide advice to the Secretary on the rehabilitation needs of Veterans with disabilities and on the administration of VA’s rehabilitation programs.    

On May 7, 2018, the Committee will be provided with ethics training, receive updated briefings from the Advisory Committee Management Office (ACMO), Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Service and participate in group breakout sessions. On May 8, 2018, Committee members will receive updated briefings on various VA programs designed to enhance the rehabilitative potential of disabled Veterans. Members will also begin their consideration of potential recommendations to be included in the Committee’s next annual report.    

Although no time will be allocated for receiving oral presentations from the public, members of the public may submit written statements for review by the Committee to Sabrina McNeil, Designated Federal Officer, Veterans Benefits Administration (28), 810 Vermont Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20420, or via email at [email protected]. In the communication, writers must identify themselves and state the organization, association or person(s) they represent. Individuals who wish to attend the meeting should RSVP to Sabrina McNeil at (202) 461- 9618, no later than close of business, April 30, 2018. Any member of the public seeking additional information should contact Sabrina McNeil at the phone number or email address noted above.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. “Former VA Secretary David Shulkin Wanted To Use Camp David As a Vacation Spot”

    Luke Rosiak
    Daily Caller
    4/22/2018

    “Former Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin’s troubles with the White House began over what was perceived as a pattern of wanting special treatment and luxuries, including an insistence by Shulkin he be able to use Camp David, the president’s compound in Maryland, as a vacation spot, a senior official told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

    A senior official with knowledge of Shulkin’s activities detailed a litany of examples of efforts to use his job to “live the high life,” including how he “wanted to bring his wife on a trip with Melania [Trump] but couldn’t do that and had a temper tantrum.”

    At a Hannukah party where officials got a plus-one, Shulkin insisted on being able to bring his son in addition to his wife. “He asked so many times that the White House was on the lookout where if his son showed up, security knew not to let him in,” the official said.

    “He wanted to be the exception. He would harass people in the White House and say ‘I want to do this,’ and he’d keep asking different people until he found someone who would say yes,’” he continued.

    Since being fired by President Donald Trump May 28 following a damning inspector general’s report, Shulkin has gone on a media tour claiming he was pushed out for being a liberal bulwark against conservative efforts to “privatize” the VA’s health care services. The same media that made Shulkin’s travel an issue before the IG report and pilloried him as a corrupt Trump official for a month following the report now cast him as an icon of the resistance inside a Republican administration.

    The senior insider said this is revisionist history and that the truth is classic Trump. Shulkin’s firing had little to do with politics and more to do with personality, he told The Daily Caller News Foundation. A more accurate storyline might be that Trump’s sensitivity to faux paus and social standing were set off by a subordinate who constantly seemed to be causing trouble by wanting to be the VIP.”

    Full Article At: “http://dailycaller.com/2018/04/22/david-shulkin-camp-david-vacation-spot/”

    • If you ever noticed, Shulkin would appear to be “photo-bombing” just about *any* POTUS cabinet meeting or announcement, and ^^that Daily Caller article only emphasizes that the “God Syndrome” with former VA Suck is incredibly strong…just like all his minions he left behind….and even then this ass is STILL quibbling over semantics of whether he resigned, quit, or was really fired.

      Good fucking riddance. Wifey Poo, too!

    • Seymore,
      The more information coming out about “Shyster Shithead Shulkin”, the more I get that he’s nothing more than a “spoiled little bitch!”
      That’s probably why he didn’t want to fix the VA. He’s more about “photo ops with the VSO’s” and “Whatever he can steal from the American taxpayers”!
      As far as I’m concerned, Shulkin is the reason behind the VA’s egregious acts against veterans!

  2. Forget the Bull Shit get on this website chat about to improve Veterans Healthcare and get on Facebook and do the same Spread the word .

  3. “[…On May 7, 2018, the Committee will be provided with ethics training,…]”

    Um,….how about the VA get that “ethics thing” down first before trying to “fix” anything else? I about shat my coffee directly out my body laughing when I got to ^that^ part of projected “minutes” of their “meeting”…and I will go as far as stating they are only offering “written only suggestions” because they are the easiest to wad-up and place in the circular file and industrial shredder…

    …”ethics training”….HA HA HA HA HA….maybe Satan could also sit-in on that meeting or is he teaching it? HA HA HA HA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • “Ethics Training”??????
      Gotta agree with you on that one, namnibor.
      VA doesn’t know shit about “Ethics”!
      They proved that with “Shyster Shithead Shulkin’s Travel Scandals!”

  4. Want to learn more about Dr. Jackson? Here’s the latest from;
    “Military.com” via “Associated Press”
    Dated: 23 April 2018
    Titled;
    “It’s Time for Trump’s Doctor to be Examined, for VA Chief!”

    By; Laurie Kellman.

    Looks like he was a little bit of a “hell-raiser in school! Got it by the “board of education” more than a couple of times!
    Maybe President Trump is correct on this appointment!?!

  5. Never mind the vocational rehab. Help me get rid of the chronic pain. With this pain life is not worth living

  6. Peter, do you currently have a disability rating from the VA? How are you paying your bills currently?

    Have you tried to go outside the VA to try and seek medical care?

  7. cj ¯¯̿̿¯̿̿’̿̿̿̿̿̿̿’̿̿’̿̿̿̿̿’̿̿̿)͇̿̿)̿̿̿̿ ‘̿̿̿̿̿̿\̵͇̿̿\=(•̪̀●́)=o/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿ ̿ ̿̿

    I am too old, for vocational rehabilitation, and I still don’t know what the hell I wanna be when I grow up…

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