VA Can Provide More Employment Assistance to Veterans Who Complete Its Vocational Rehabilitation Program.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC HUMAN RESOURCES DIV
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The Veterans Rehabilitation and Education Amendments of 1980 require the Veterans Administration VA to provide all services ans assistance necessary to enable service-disabled veterans in its vocational rehabilitation program to obtain an maintain suitable employment GAO found that VA regional offices did not offer rehabilitated veterans all the employment services to which they are entitled under VA procedures. In seven of the eight regions GAO reviewed, the regions did not provide required direct placement services to veterans encountering difficulty obtaining suitable employment. For some veterans VA did not prepare required individualized employment assistance plans. Further, VA did not always make followup inquiries to determine whether rehabilitated veterans had obtained suitable employment and to identify those who may have needed further assistance. In half of the veteran case files GOA reviewed, either the rehabilitated veterans were unemployed or their employment status was unknown. Several factors that contributed to the limited provision of employment and followup services are discussed in the report.
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