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VA RIN: 2900-AR65 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Eligibility for Readjustment Counseling 

VA proposes to amend its medical regulations regarding readjustment counseling provided to eligible individuals in VA Vet Centers.  We propose aligning our Vet Center regulation with recent legislation which expanded eligibility for readjustment counseling to certain veterans or members of the Armed Forces including reservists who served on active duty in response to a declared national emergency or major disaster; National Guard members activated by the State in response to a disaster or civil disturbance in that State; and certain members of the Coast Guard who participated in drug interdiction operations.  In addition, we would address VA’s discretionary authority to provide readjustment counseling to certain members of the reserve components of the Armed Forces who have a behavioral health condition or psychological trauma.  We would also revise our Vet Center regulation for purposes of clarity and to align the regulation with longstanding policy and practice. 

Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs(VA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 38 CFR 17.2000    38 CFR 3.12   
Legal Authority: 38 U.S.C. 1712A    10 U.S.C. 101    18 U.S.C. 232    38 U.S.C. 101(27)    38 U.S.C. 1712A(a)(1)(C)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  03/00/2024 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Michael Fisher
Chief Officer, Readjustment Counseling Service, Veterans Health Administration
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20420
Phone:202 461-6525