16 Week Extended Evaluation Program (cont.)
How It Works
Pathways for Veterans 16-week Extended Evaluation Program is specifically designed for veterans in online and onsite training to get access to the tools and information necessary to make an informed decision regarding their career choice. The program is designed 4 days a week Tuesday thru Friday, 5 hours a day, which includes live streamed webinars and tele-seminars series and an extensive experiential leadership training program to include live one-on-one coaching with trained professionals. At the completion of the 16-week program, we’ll have a clear understanding of who they are, where they are going and what it will take to get there to fulfill on the new sense of purpose in their career choice for employment. During the 16-week program some veterans may find that an employment opportunity are not suitable for them because of the severity of their physical and mental disabilities. In this event veterans are guided on the path of Independent Living.
Veterans whose service-connected disabilities require intensive and frequent rehabilitation may not be ready and able to work. VA’s Independent Living services can help them live independently in their homes and communities, and provides support so that eventually they may be able to return to work.
Each independent living plan is personalized to meet the individual Veteran’s needs. In general, Veterans can receive up to 24 months of support to help them live independently in their homes and communities to the greatest extent possible.
Veterans who are not able to pursue an employment goal and who need support to become more independent may receive Independent Living support from VA. Veterans who are pursuing employment goals may also receive additional, related services to enable them to perform their daily activities independently as part of their employment plan.
Independent living services may include:
- Evaluation and counseling services to help you determine your independent living needs and identify your goals
- Consultations with specialists who can help to identify independent living needs, such as medical doctors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and rehabilitation engineers
- Information and referral to resources such as health care services, special technology and equipment, community living support, and family counseling
- Information and assistance with home modification programs such as the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant, and Home Improvements and Structural Alterations (HISA) grant