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Dec 5 13 12:43 AM
Okay...well what you need to realize is that VocRehab, Chapter 31, is a return to work program. You are eligible to apply because you have a service-connected disability. I would VENTURE to say that you would be found entitled to services because you do have an employment handicap, and further, a serious employment handicap. And then comes the point where the feasibility of an employment goal is considered...and here is where you will most likely have an issue.
Being found 100% for a mental health issue means that the VHA has found you to experience TOTAL social and vocational impairment. Now, for another facet of the VA, the VBA, to come along and say, yea, an employment goal is reasonably feasible, is basically spitting in the faces of the professionals that decided that rating for you. Now, if you disagree, and think you can be employed, you are welcome to fight that. You may be asked to get support from your psychiatrists that you are well enough to handle training and employment. They may send a letter to the service center if they do chose to provide employment related training and/or services. It could affect other things like SSD. You should be aware of all possible consequences.
Chapter 31 is not about school. The training (school) comes into play when it is needed to support a vocational goal. So in order to make it to that point, it must be determined that the achievement of a vocational goal is reasonably feasible and the expectation is that you would go to work at the completion of that training. It isn't just earning a degree and YAY for me, I feel good about myself. Although I understand the value of that, I really do, this is not the program for that. Check out Chapter 33 for that one.
What is more likely to happen is that an employment goal would not be found reasonably feasible and then they should address your independent living needs. In that program, they do allow for some skills training for socialization, basic computer skills, cooking, photography, small engine repair...a class or two to get you out there but not to overwhelm you and add stress by requiring a specific GPAs and other expectations. All the above being said, your counselor should speak with you and consider all the aspects of your case before making an entitlement and feasibility decision.
What would your vocational goal be if you had to chose? I am sure you are aware, schizophrenia is one of the toughest MH issues to deal with, for both the one afflicted, and all those around them. I hope you have a good combination of meds that work for you and a strong support system around you.
Let us know how it goes!
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