Department of Veterans Affairs’ Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) let Congress know it has to invest in the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program to make sure counselors have the tools to get veterans with disabilities back to work.
Speaking before the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity on July 8, PVA Associate General Counsel for Corporate and Government Relations Heather Ansley said it’s critical that more VR&E counselors be added to
The VR&E program provides comprehensive services to address the employment barriers of service-connected disabled veterans. However, despite increased demands for services, the VA didn’t request additional staffing for fiscal year 2015.
It’s estimated the program would need 382 more full-time employees to help reduce the counselor-to-veteran ratio.
If current resource levels are maintained, another way to reduce the load for VR&E counselors and employment specialists is increasing partnerships with community organizations that provide specialty placement services such as PVA’s Operation PAVE (Paving Access for Veterans Employment).
The subcommittee expressed interest in holding further discussions later this year regarding the VR&E program.
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