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Feb 21

Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E)

Are you interested in learning more about Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E) Chapter 31 benefits? The California Transition Assistance Program (CalTAP), in partnership with Crafton Hills College – Veteran Resource Center, invites veterans and their families to our workshop on VR&E benefits.

A specialist will be live to answer questions and discuss resources regarding eligibility and enrollment.

Location: Veterans Resource Center- CNTL-100
11711 Sand Canyon Road, Yucaipa, CA 92399

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Crafton Hills College
11711 Sand Canyon Rd, Yucaipa, CA 92399
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Feb 21, 2024 12:00pm - Feb 21, 2024 01:00pm


Meet the presenters

Sharee Nuez, Training Coordinator 

CalVet, CalTAP 


Sharee Nuez started with CalVet as an analyst in the Operations unit and then joined the Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise (DVBE) unit in the Veterans Services division before she joined the CalTAP team.  


Sharee is a graduate of the University of San Francisco, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with an emphasis on Public Relations. Prior to working for the state of California, she worked in higher education in student leadership development, at Gap Inc., and as an event coordination with the San Francisco Giants.  


Sharee’s father is a retired 20-year Air Force veteran and she has several other members of extended family in service. She has a passion for helping others and is honored to able to provide assistance and support to veterans and their families.

Merlene Steinbeck, Inland Empire LINC


While finishing her Bachelors degree in Legal Studies, and an Associates degree in Political Science, Merlene Steinbeck worked for the California State Assembly and the House of Representatives. She became a subject-matter expert in regulations regarding USC Title 38. She has experience with veteran casework, analyzing the challenges veterans face, and recommending changes to the legal codes.

Merlene’s experience has given her the ability to become an effective advisor to community partners that provide direct services to veterans. She also provides recommendations to veterans regarding their specific and unique issues. 

If you have a service-connected disability that limits your ability to work or prevents you from working, Veteran Readiness and Employment (formerly called Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment) can help. This program—also known as Chapter 31 or VR&E—helps you explore employment options and address education or training needs. In some cases, your family members may also qualify for certain benefits. VR&E offers 5 support-and-services tracks to help you get education or training, find and keep a job, and live as independently as possible.