VA's Vocational Rehabilitation Rates Increase Oct. 1

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The Department of Veterans Affairs announced that the subsistence allowance paid to veterans enrolled in the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program will increase on Oct. 1, 2019.

The program provides counseling, training, education and job placement assistance to veterans with a VA disability rating and an employment handicap.

For fiscal 2020, there will be a 2.04% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to the monthly subsistence benefit paid to eligible trainees using the program.

See the fiscal 2020 Vocational Rehabilitation subsistence rates.

Veterans using the Vocational Rehabilitation program can elect to receive either the subsistence rate or a housing allowance based on the military Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) for an E-5 with dependents. This is based on the ZIP code of the location where the training occurs. Depending on your location, this may mean a larger monthly payment. If you are a full-time trainee, you will receive the full BAH; a half-time trainee receives half the BAH, etc. These amounts update on Jan. 1 of every year, instead of Oct. 1.

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