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Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment

The Office of Military Services works closely with the VA through the VetSuccess on Campus program to help disabled military personnel and veterans get the benefits and accommodations they need to study here.

The VA's aid program, also known as Chapter 31, provides beneficiaries with tuition, fees, books, and supplies through payments made to a student account. You might also receive a monthly stipend. To qualify for Chapter 31, you must

  • Have a service-connected disability that the Department of Veterans Affairs rates at least 20 percent disabling.
  • Need vocational rehabilitation to deal with an employment handicap.

Chapter 31 benefits do not affect your eligibility for Pell grants. For a summary of the program's requirements, read the VA's Chapter 31 fact sheet (PDF).

If you think you qualify for aid through Chapter 31, you must meet with VA Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Valerie L. Smith, who is based on the Fairfax Campus. Contact her at 703-993-4464. Valerie is part of the VetSuccess team and will provide help and guidance with:

  • VA education benefits.
  • Disability compensation.
  • On-campus resources and services.
  • Career counseling and job searches.

For a summary of VetSuccess on Campus services, read the VA's VetSuccess fact sheet (PDF).


A World Champion with Big Plans

Jason Sturm lifts weights in a Mason gym

In 2002, Jason Sturm lost his left leg below the knee in an Army training exercise. Now, he's a world champion bobsledder and a CrossFit trainer for amputee and non-amputee clients. “I’d like to start a nonprofit that builds custom sports prosthetics," he says.

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