Veteran Readiness and Employment Programs

Personalized Career Planning and Guidance (Chapter 36)

Point of Contact: Jennifer Petersen, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Phone: (727) 319-5800, x76961

Chapter 36, Personalized Career Planning and Guidance (PCPG) (formerly known as Education and Vocational Counseling), is a benefit available to USF student Veterans, transitioning Servicemembers, and Veteran dependents. This program can provide brief and informal Chapter 36 services or more in-depth, formal Chapter 36 counseling. 

Chapter 36 Counseling may include:

  • Career & Education exploration which provides guidance and support in selecting the best career and education options based on your interests, aptitudes, and abilities
  • Benefits coaching aids with understanding and accessing of your VA benefits, health services, and other related Veteran benefits through the school or other government agencies.
  • Personalized support to assist with academic or adjustment counseling to help remove any barriers to success

Chapter 36 Services may include:

  • Assistance with registration for
  • Assistance with registration for VA Healthcare (my HealtheVet)
  • Identification of on-campus resources available to all students
  • Identification of work-study opportunities
  • Referral to campus mentoring programs
  • Review of any applicable articulation agreements

Eligibility Criteria:

  • All current VA education benefit recipients (Chapters 33, 30, 1606, and 35)
  • Any Servicemember or Veteran eligible for a VA education benefit
  • Transitioning Servicemembers within six months prior to discharge from active duty
  • Veterans within one year after discharge from active duty

How to Apply:

  • For an appointment, contact Jennifer Petersen, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Phone: (727) 319-5800, x76961
  • For Chapter 36 counseling, complete the VA Form 25-8832