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Educational and Vocational Counseling Benefits

Program Description

Educational and Vocational Counseling can help you:
  • Assess your vocational interests, aptitudes and abilities
  • Explore vocational career opportunities
  • Select an appropriate vocational goal
  • Address barriers that may impede success in training or employment
  • Develop educational program objectives

General Program Requirements

In order to be considered for this benefit program, you must be:
  • A transitioning servicemember who is within six months of discharge from active duty, OR
  • A Veteran who has been out of service less than a year (Your discharge must have been under other than dishonorable conditions.) OR
  • A Veteran or reservist who is eligible for educational assistance under one of the education programs sponsored by Veterans Affairs (VA) or the Defense Department (Chapters 30, 31, 32, 1606 or 1607), OR
  • A spouse or child of a service-connected Veteran or a person who died on active duty - if you qualify for Dependents Educational Assistance (Chapter 35)

Generally, in order to receive VA benefits and services the Veteran/service member's character of discharge or service must be under other than dishonorable conditions (e.g., honorable, under honorable conditions, general). However, individuals receiving undesirable, bad conduct, and other types of dishonorable discharges may qualify for VA benefits depending on a determination made by VA.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

To complete an application, use the "Application for Vocational Educational Counseling." You can download the form from the VA website.

For more information, visit the VA's Education and Vocational Counseling webpage.

Program Contact Information

If you have questions:
  • Visit IRIS to search Frequently Asked Questions or ask a question on-line.
  • Call 1-800-827-1000
  • Call 1-800-829-4833 if you are hearing impaired

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