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Case of Manuel - Veteran Vocational Rehabilitation Services?

Manuel is a thirty three year old man with a spinal cord injury that limits his mobility and movement from the waist down. Manuel is a student at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and is seeking a Masters degree in Public Health. He is expected to graduate in May. He is wanting to work as a researcher following his graduation. His undergraduate degree is in Nursing from WSSU (before his disbility) but his disability makes it impossible for him to perform nursing duties. Manuel acquired his disability in the military in Afghanistan. He fell from a pole while stringing power lines. He has applied for vocational evaluation and job placement assistance from Vocational Rehabilitation but was told that he would not be eligible for any services that would be provided through the Veteran's Administration. Please explore the services available to veterans with disabilities. Also explore the eligibility requirements for these services. What help might Manuel receive through the VA in his search for employment? What are the eligibility requirements to receive services from the State Vocational Rehabilitation agency? What services would be available to Manuel that would not be duplicated by the Veterans Administration? Provide references.

Please bear in mind that the state is North Carolina.

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1. Manuel has applied for vocational evaluation and job placement assistance from Vocational Rehabilitation but was told that he would not be eligible for any services that would be provided through the Veteran's Administration. Please explore the services available to veterans with disabilities. Also explore the eligibility requirements for these services. What help might Manuel receive through the VA in his search for employment?

According to North Carolina Administration website, the "United States has the most comprehensive system of veterans' benefits and care of any country in the world. Veterans Affairs (VA) is composed of three sub-agencies: the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA); the Veterans Health Administration (VHA); and the National Cemetery System. The VBA administers the Compensation and Pension programs for disabled veterans and surviving dependents of deceased veterans. VBA also administers Vocational Rehabilitation for disabled veterans and several education assistance programs for veterans, dependents and survivors; Loan Guaranty programs for veterans and surviving spouses of veterans who died of service-related causes; and a number of life insurance programs for veterans. In addition, VBA also provides a burial allowance, including headstones or grave markers, for eligible veterans" (http://www.ncveterans.net/vabenefits.htm).

North Carolina

Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) has one Regional Office in North Carolina: Winston-Salem. (http://www.ncveterans.net/vabenefits.htm). Let's take a closer look what programs they offer.

1. See attached programs, which is also available on-line at http://www.ncveterans.net/documents/VocationalRehabilitation.pdf.

2. EDUCATION AND TRAINING -The Montgomery GI Bill (Active Duty) provides a program of education benefits to individuals who enter active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985 and receive an honorable discharge. Active duty includes full-time National Guard duty performed after November 29, 1989. Members of the Army and Air Force National Guard who enlisted between June 9, 1985 and November 29, 1989 had to decide before July 9, 1997 to participate in the Montgomery GI Bill. To receive the maximum benefit, the participant must serve three years. An individual may also qualify for the full benefit by initially serving two continuous years on active duty, followed by four years of Selected Reserve service, beginning within one year of release of active duty.

Eligibility: To participate in the Montgomery GI Bill, service members must have their military pay reduced by $100 per month for the first twelve months of active duty. This money is not refundable. The participant must have a high school diploma or an equivalency ...

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This solution addresses the Case Study of Manuel based on North Carolina laws. References are provided, as well as an article on vocational rehabilitation in North Carolina.

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