VA Form 28-0588 Notice to VA Veterans Service Center

VA Form 28-0588 or the "Notice To Va Veterans Service Center" is a form issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

The form was last revised on December 1, 2000 - an up-to-date fillable PDF VA Form 28-0588 down below or find it on the Veterans Affairs Forms website.

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DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
To: Servicepersons Awaiting Discharge Who May Have a Disability
Subj: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment--Getting Ahead After You Get Out
Do you have a disability that began or became worse during active duty? If so, you may qualify for
employment services, training, education, and other services through our Vocational Rehabilitation and
Employment Program. This letter tells you about our program and how to apply.
What can vocational rehabilitation do for you?
Vocational rehabilitation can help you get and keep a good job. While training after you leave active duty,
you'll get monthly payments to help with living expenses. These payments are over and above any VA
compensation, military retirement, or separation pay. You may even start rehabilitation before you leave
active duty. If you're too disabled to work, we may be able to help you live more independently.
On the back of this letter, you'll find more details about vocational rehabilitation. You may also want to get
VA Pamphlet 28-00-1, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program Working Partners.
How can you apply?
To apply for vocational rehabilitation, take the following steps:
Complete VA Form 28-1900, Disabled Veterans Application for Vocational Rehabilitation. You
may do this before you leave active duty.
Step 1
Instead of sending a written application, you may apply over the internet at http://vabenefits.vba.
va.gov/vonapp. (If you apply over the internet, go to step 4.)
Step 2
Sign and date the Notice to VA Veterans Service Center on the back of this letter.
Send both the VA Form 28-1900 and the Notice to the nearest VA regional office or give them to
Step 3
a VA staff member at any military discharge center.
VA will set up an appointment to meet with a counselor. Your counselor will work with you to
review your situation, determine your entitlement to rehabilitation benefits, and discuss your
Step 4
options. Be sure to come to this appointment.
If you have questions, please call 1-800-827-1000. Ask for the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
Division. We'll be happy to help you.
Sincerely yours,
Vocational Rehabilitation and
Employment Division
VA FORM
28-0588
DEC 2000
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
To: Servicepersons Awaiting Discharge Who May Have a Disability
Subj: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment--Getting Ahead After You Get Out
Do you have a disability that began or became worse during active duty? If so, you may qualify for
employment services, training, education, and other services through our Vocational Rehabilitation and
Employment Program. This letter tells you about our program and how to apply.
What can vocational rehabilitation do for you?
Vocational rehabilitation can help you get and keep a good job. While training after you leave active duty,
you'll get monthly payments to help with living expenses. These payments are over and above any VA
compensation, military retirement, or separation pay. You may even start rehabilitation before you leave
active duty. If you're too disabled to work, we may be able to help you live more independently.
On the back of this letter, you'll find more details about vocational rehabilitation. You may also want to get
VA Pamphlet 28-00-1, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program Working Partners.
How can you apply?
To apply for vocational rehabilitation, take the following steps:
Complete VA Form 28-1900, Disabled Veterans Application for Vocational Rehabilitation. You
may do this before you leave active duty.
Step 1
Instead of sending a written application, you may apply over the internet at http://vabenefits.vba.
va.gov/vonapp. (If you apply over the internet, go to step 4.)
Step 2
Sign and date the Notice to VA Veterans Service Center on the back of this letter.
Send both the VA Form 28-1900 and the Notice to the nearest VA regional office or give them to
Step 3
a VA staff member at any military discharge center.
VA will set up an appointment to meet with a counselor. Your counselor will work with you to
review your situation, determine your entitlement to rehabilitation benefits, and discuss your
Step 4
options. Be sure to come to this appointment.
If you have questions, please call 1-800-827-1000. Ask for the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
Division. We'll be happy to help you.
Sincerely yours,
Vocational Rehabilitation and
Employment Division
VA FORM
28-0588
DEC 2000
VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION BENEFITS
PROGRAM GOALS: Vocational rehabilitation helps servicepersons awaiting discharge for disability and
service-disabled veterans to get a good job suitable to their needs or to increase their ability to live
independently.
SERVICES AND ASSISTANCE: Vocational rehabilitation offers a number of services and assistance. If a
VA counselor finds you entitled to this program, the counselor will work with you to develop a personal plan of
services and assistance to meet your needs. The following chart lists some of these services and assistance:
Counseling and evaluation service
Job placement and adjustment service
Training to qualify you for employment
Tuition, fees, books, equipment, and supplies
Medical and dental treatment and prosthetic aids
Monthly subsistence allowance while training
Tutors, readers, or sign-language interpreters
Independent living training and service
QUALIFICATIONS: To be entitled to vocational rehabilitation, you must meet the following three conditions:
1. Your discharge from active duty must be under other than dishonorable conditions.
2. You must be within your period of eligibility for the program.
3. If VA rates your service-connected condition at least 20 percent, you must have difficulty getting or
keeping a suitable job. With a 10 percent rating, you must have major difficulty getting or keeping such a
job.
PERIOD OF ELIGIBILITY: Generally, your period of eligibility is 12 years from the date VA notifies you
that you have a VA rating that meets the program's disability qualification. VA can extend this period under
certain conditions
.
COURSES AND TYPES OF TRAINING: Not all programs include training. If you need training, usually
full-time training can't last more than 48 months. You may train longer under limited circumstances. VA may
also provide job placement and adjustment services for up to 18 additional months. You may train full time or
less than full time. You may train in any of the following programs that meet your needs:
College-level education
Trade, business, or technical school education
Apprenticeship, other on-job training, or on-farm training
Self-employment
Rehabilitation facility, a sheltered workshop, or your own home.
NOTE: Some of these programs have special requirements. Your counselor will explain these requirements.
HELP EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT ENTITLED TO VA REHABILITATION: If you don't qualify for
vocational rehabilitation, your VA counselor will help you learn about other services and assistance that may
be available to enable you to reach your educational, training, and job goals.
NOTICE TO VA VETERANS SERVICE CENTER
I am attaching this notice to my application for vocational rehabilitation under chapter 31 of title 38 U.S.C. Code.
Please prepare a memorandum rating if this will speed my eligibility determination for chapter 31 benefits.
VA FILE NUMBER
NAME OF SERVICE MEMBER OR VETERAN
SIGNATURE OF SERVICE MEMBER OR VETERAN
DATE
VA FORM 28-0588, DEC 2000

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