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VA Manual M28R Voc Rehab

VR&E’s New M28R: Know what They Know

VA Vocational Rehabilitation has long hidden behind a unknown shield where counselors approve and deny veterans in secret. [UPDATED 7/14/14: Get Updated 1,488 PDF M28R Here] What I mean by secret is that veterans were unable to generally find the justification VA would use when denying their claim for benefits in this arena. Recently, Voc […]
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VA Disability Rating

How To Get A Higher Disability Rating

Whether fighting for a higher disability rating or filing your disability claim with Dept. of Veterans Affairs, this article has insider tips that win. How To Manage Your VA Claim For Disability Compensation Filing disability claims with the Dept of Veterans Affairs is tricky. Getting documentation together for one disability claim can be a full-time […]
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Denied VocRehab

How To Get Denied VA Voc Rehab

Go straight to jail. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. There are 3 main ways that qualified disabled veterans fail to get approval to use the benefit. The purpose of this article is to point out some specific “don’t say that, moron,” type issues during your first meeting with a Voc Rehab professional. […]
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VocRehab News

Veterans Unemployment Still High

By Benjamin Krause | March 13, 2011

For two years, Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans have experienced unemployment numbers much higher than the national average for nonveterans, ages 18-24. Currently, the trend is over 20 percent while the national average for nonveterans is 17 percent. Concerns over the impacts of service, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and extended tours for Reserve […]

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FOIA Request

Disabled Veterans Sample FOIA Letter

By Benjamin Krause | January 14, 2011

Here are two Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) letters. The first one I borrowed from a law firm for disabled veterans requesting copies of their disability claim folder (which will contain your Service Medical Records (SMR’s)). The second is for disabled veterans requesting a copy of their Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) claim folder. These […]

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Denied VocRehab

How To Get Denied VA Voc Rehab

By Benjamin Krause | November 22, 2010

Go straight to jail. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. There are 3 main ways that qualified disabled veterans fail to get approval to use the benefit. The purpose of this article is to point out some specific “don’t say that, moron,” type issues during your first meeting with a Voc Rehab professional. […]

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2011 VA Voc Rehab Stipend Rates

By Benjamin Krause | November 13, 2010

VR&E Training Programs Subsistence Allowance Rate Increase As of October 1, 2010 In some cases, a veteran requires additional education or training to become employable. A subsistence allowance is paid each month during training and is based on the rate of attendance (full-time or part-time), the number of dependents, and the type of training. The […]

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False: 12-Year Time Limit To Use Chapter 31

By Benjamin Krause | October 6, 2010

More Voc Rehab BS… No more for me please, I’m full. Every couple months, a few disabled veterans email me about the 12-year time limit to use VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment benefits. More often than not, they recently became qualified for benefits, but their Voc Rehab Counselor denied their benefits claim. The reason for […]

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Flight Instruction Denied: Clark v Brown

By Benjamin Krause | October 1, 2010

United States Court of Veterans Appeals. George T. CLARKE, Appellant, v. Jesse BROWN, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Appellee. No. 94-1087. Jan. 10, 1997. Veteran sought entitlement to vocational rehabilitation subsistence allowance for enrollment in nondegree flight instructor program. The Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA) denied entitlement. Veteran appealed. The Court of Veterans Appeals, Farley, J., […]

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