What is VR&E?

The Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) program, part of the Department of Veterans Affairs, offers crucial assistance to Veterans with service-connected disabilities, aiding their transition to meaningful civilian careers. This program, previously named Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Voc Rehab), is structured into five distinct tracks:

  • Reemployment: Facilitates Veterans’ return to pre-deployment jobs, including adjustments or accommodations for any service-related disabilities.
  • Rapid Access to Employment: Aids Veterans in leveraging their existing skills for new employment, providing job search tools, resume writing, and interview preparation.
  • Self-Employment: Supports Veterans with entrepreneurial aspirations, offering business plan development, small business training, and resources for successful business establishment.
  • Employment Through Long-Term Services: Assists Veterans facing difficulties in their current roles due to service-connected disabilities, helping them transition to fields that align better with their abilities and interests.
  • Independent Living: Designed for Veterans who are limited in daily activities or not immediately able to return to work, offering counseling, resource referrals, and accessibility evaluations.

Eligibility and Application

Eligibility for VR&E services requires a service-connected disability rating of at least 10% and an honorable discharge status. Veterans can apply online at va.gov or by calling 1-800-827-1000.

Your Path to Code Platoon with VR&E

Code Platoon is a unique opportunity for Veterans and military members like you to dive into the world of software engineering. By using VR&E benefits, you can embark on a transformative journey with Code Platoon’s immersive training programs. These programs are designed to equip you with the skills needed in today’s tech-driven world, from full-stack development to DevOps engineering.

How to Use VR&E for Code Platoon

  • Determine Eligibility: Ensure you meet the VR&E eligibility criteria.
  • Apply for VR&E Benefits: Use the online platform or the contact number above.
  • Select Code Platoon: When exploring your training options under VR&E, opt for Code Platoon’s comprehensive software engineering programs.
  • Complete the application process to attend Code Platoon.
  • Embark on Your Journey: Once approved, you’re set to start at Code Platoon, with a community ready to welcome and support you.

Your military background has instilled in you discipline, resilience, and a unique perspective—traits highly valued in the tech industry. With VR&E benefits and Code Platoon’s dedicated training, the path to a rewarding career in software engineering is not just a dream but a tangible reality. Embrace this opportunity and take the first step towards a dynamic future in technology. Remember, your skills, experience, and determination can open doors to incredible possibilities in the tech world.

Greg Drobny is a former Airborne Infantryman, PSYOP Team Chief, political consultant, professional military blogger, and Code Platoon’s Student Outreach and Recruitment Manager. He holds a BA and MA in history and an MS in organizational psychology. He is married with four children who keep him more than slightly busy, and he is passionate about helping Veterans find their paths in life and develop the skills needed to pursue their goals.

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