The transition from military life to being in the 9-5 daily workforce can be a tumultuous time for many veterans, but this can be a particularly challenging period for anyone with a disability.
Military separation can come as a shock to the system, and it is for this reason that the Department of Defense offers a range of Transition Assistance Programs. With that said, there are a lot of challenges that individuals with disabilities can face during this time.
Preparation is essential for a smooth transition
Re-adjusting to life outside the military can be difficult but there are organizations like the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and the Small Business Administration that can help veterans with disabilities to better understand the opportunities that are open to them after leaving the armed forces.
This includes but not limited to:
- Help and support in securing funding and advice on any new business ventures
- Help in utilizing the skills they have acquired during their time in service
- Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services that support individuals in developing new skills
Veterans with disabilities should also take the time to understand the common challenges they can face when re-adjusting to life outside of the military - from the need to apply for jobs and prepare for interviews, to reconnecting with friends and family members.
When leaving the armed forces, veterans should also be aware that counseling is available for anyone suffering from the effects of mental health conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of their time on active duty. This is something that can be highly beneficial for those who are open to talking about their experiences.
Help and support is available
Those transitioning from the armed services should also be aware that the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) calls for all Federal Contractors to have affirmative action plans for hiring veterans and individuals with disabilities, with the aim of achieving representation of seven percent within the contracting and subcontracting workforce for individuals with disabilities.
Four categories of protected veterans are eligible for support through VEVRAA, these are:
- Veterans with disabilities
- Recently separated veterans (within three years of discharge)
- Active duty wartime or campaign badge veterans
- Armed forces service medal veterans
Anyone unsure of their eligibility for VEVRAA can clarify their standing by making use of the Department of Labor's Am I a Protected Veteran? chart.
For those making the transition to employment from the armed forces, this can be a difficult time, but GettingHired is always on hand to offer help and support to veterans with disabilities.
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