You served. You did your best. You got injured. You're ready to continue to do your best. You have vast possibilities with disabilities and finding employment, support, and resources is the key.
Here's a short list of all the available resources I could find that might be of interest to anyone with a service-connected disability:
Disability.gov is the federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide. The site has information on topics such as applying for benefits, getting health care, finding a job, paying for housing and protecting the legal rights of people with disabilities.
According to the Social Security Administration website, many of the benefits and services provided to veterans were adopted to help war veterans readjust to civilian life. These benefits include but are not limited to disability compensation, benefits for survivors, health care, and educational assistance and training. To learn more, visit the SSA website.
Unemployment is a challenge we all face. Veterans historically have has higher unemployment rates than their civilian counterparts. For Disabled Veterans, these numbers remain even higher. However, some companies have made it a mission to hire Disabled Veterans. Once such company is Waste Management. According to Military Veteran Job News, Waste Management hires a disabled veteran every 16.5 days, representing 6% of all veteran hires.
Remember, The VOW to Hire Heroes Act provides a $9,600 tax credit for companies hiring disabled veterans. If you're a Disabled Veteran in search of work, don't forget to just kindly remind prospective companies about the skills you bring, but also the fact that this special program is available too.
I recently read about an organization called The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Their website states that they're the world's largest association devoted to human resource management. I spoke to a good Friend just before writing this blog post. He mentioned his intention to meet as many Hiring Managers and Human Resource people as possible in order to find work. That's sage advice for anyone!
According to SHRM's website in an article entitled Companies Finding Success Hiring Disabled Veterans by Maria Williams, she listed several organizations of interest to Disabled Veterans:
One-Stop Career Centers is a web site provided by the DOL linking visitors to state employment offices. It has searchable listings of more than 2,000 local veteran employment representatives and disabled veteran outreach program specialists who connect employers with veterans in transition.
Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) represents veterans with spinal cord injuries or dysfunctions. PVA will send certified rehabilitation counselors (even fly them, if necessary) to job sites, at no cost to employers, and conduct whatever follow-up is needed.
The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) represents veterans with physical and/or cognitive disabilities. The web site allows employers to post jobs and review resumes from disabled veterans across the nation. For particular in-demand fields, such as information technology, PVA and the WWP can be more useful than local employment offices in facilitating searches beyond local regions, experts say.
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) gives examples of appropriate accommodations for a wide range of situations and assists employers with finding resources and funding options to acquire accommodations. They conduct phone assessments and visit worksites, as needed.
I hope you find these resources helpful for anyone with a service-connected disability or any disability for that matter! May you reach endless possibilities!
What challenges have you experienced as a Disabled Veteran or Family Member? What resources have helped you?
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