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Subsistence Allowance

Benefit overview

Veterans with a service-connected disability that limits their ability to work or prevents them from working, may qualify for assistance through the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veteran Readiness and Employment program. This program – also known as Chapter 31 or VR&E—helps veterans explore employment options and address education or training needs.

In some cases, veterans the VR&E program can also receive a subsistence allowance while they pursue an educational or training program in preparation for a future career. This is paid each month and varies based on whether the school/training is full-time or part-time, the number of dependents, and the type of training.

How this benefit helps

This benefit helps service members by providing veterans in the VR&E program with additional money while they are in school or training.

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Use the V&RE subsistence allowance to cover cost of living costs.

When you are in school or in a training program, it can be difficult to earn enough money to pay for things you need. The V&RE subsistence allowance can help!

How to access this benefit

The VA website has instructions on how to apply for the Veteran Readiness and Employment program.

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