Dependent Family Members
As the dependent family member of a Servicemember or Veteran with a service-connected disability, you may have had to put your career and personal goals on hold because of the important support role you play.
If the Servicemember or Veteran in your family is eligible to apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) benefits and services, you may be able to get career and educational counseling, and other support. Find out if you’re eligible for certain benefits and services through VR&E or through other VA programs.
Can I get educational and vocational counseling services provided by VR&E (also called Chapter 36)?
You may be eligible for educational and vocational counseling if you meet both of the requirements listed below.
Both of these must be true. You’re:
- The dependent of a Veteran, and
- Eligible for a VA education benefit, including:
What kind of VR&E benefits can I get?
You can get educational and vocational counseling, plus help with:
- Exploring your abilities and interests
- Mapping out a path to employment
- Planning the best use of your VA benefits
Note: In certain cases, you may be able to get other education and employment benefits and services for dependents. For example, you may qualify if you’re the child of a Vietnam or Korean War Veteran and have certain birth defects, or if you’re the dependent child or spouse of a Veteran who has died or is permanently and totally disabled as the result of active service.
How do I get these benefits?
You’ll need to apply for services.
Follow these steps to apply for Chapter 36 services:
Log in to your eBenefits account.
Click Additional Benefits on your dashboard.
Click Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program.
Apply for Educational and Vocational Counseling.
If you’re eligible, we’ll invite you to meet with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC). Your VRC will work with you to map out a career path.
Ready to apply?
Note: If the Servicemember or Veteran in your family isn’t yet using VR&E benefits and services, they may also apply online through eBenefits.