Jobs for Disabled Veterans
Creating Employment for Disabled Veterans
Jobs for Disabled Veterans
Veterans are among the most highly trained, motivated talent pools in the nation. Yet jobs for disabled veterans in the civilian workforce can be hard to find due to barriers they face. These barriers can include:
- Negative perceptions of disability: Some employers have negative perceptions of disabled veterans, believing that they are not capable of doing the job or that they will be a liability.
- Lack of job opportunities: Veterans with disabilities have difficulty finding jobs that are open to them and that they are qualified for.
- Transportation: Disabled veterans may have difficulty getting to and from work due to their disabilities.
- Accommodations: Veterans with disabilities may need accommodations in the workplace, such as modified equipment or modified tasks.
Despite these challenges, there are many resources available to help veterans with disabilties find jobs. These resources include job preparation, placement, and on-the-job support at PRIDE Industries.
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Employment Services for Disabled Veterans
There are a number of ways we help veterans with disabilities prepare for the job market, including:
- Military skills translator: We help disabled veterans assess their military skills and experience and match those with civilian career opportunities.
- Skills assessment: We provide instruction and training in skill development to fill any gaps in employment readiness.
- Resume and interview preparation: We help veterans with disabilities create resumes and prepare for in-person and online interviews.
- Accommodation analysis: We identify any workplace accommodations disabled veterans may need, such as transportation, mental health resources, and flexible scheduling for healthcare appointments.
PRIDE Industries partner with government and private organizations to accelerate the placement of active and former service members ready to build or transition into rewarding civilian careers. At PRIDE Industries, veterans with disabilities will find a team that welcomes and supports them as they develop their careers. We offer training, accommodations, and employment for all veterans, including disabled veterans. With our person-centered model, we will help veterans with disabilities leverage their skills to confidently move forward in civilian life.
PRIDE Industries proudly serves 17 military bases in the USA, providing employment to disabled veterans in the familiar environment of a military installation. We count hundreds of veterans of all ranks among our team and on our Board of Directors, other ranking officers, and veterans representing all military branches. Career opportunities include staff, management, and executive positions.
Employment coaches, including fellow military veterans, support disabled veteran employees on the job by ensuring that they have:
- Reasonable accommodations: This includes a supportive environment, flexible work hours, and assistive technology.
- A welcoming and inclusive work environment: To achieve this, coaches educate staff about disabilities in the workforce, show them how to promote understanding and acceptance, and how to celebrate diversity.
- Training and development opportunities: This helps veterans with disabilities develop their skills and confidence, and progress in their careers.
- Recognition and rewards for achievement: This helps disabled veteran employees feel valued and appreciated, and contributes to their overall well-being by providing advancement opportunities.
Our Commitment to Service Excellence
PRIDE Industries holds the prestigious 3-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), an international, nonprofit health and human services accreditor. This recognizes that we have made a specific commitment to put the needs of our participants at the center of the services we design and deliver, and that we strive to continuously improve efficiency, fiscal health, and service quality and delivery.
In part, this accreditation recognizes PRIDE Industries for:
- Providing excellent employment services, employee development services, and employment planning services.
- Being highly regarded in the community and building positive relationships with partners and employees.
- Holding safety as a high priority.
- High satisfaction from persons served, families, and other stakeholders.
- Longevity of leadership, which provides continuity to the organization’s mission.
- Diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
CARF accreditation means that the CARF-accredited provider is committed to reducing risk, addressing health and safety concerns, respecting preferences of individuals (cultural or otherwise), and providing the best quality of care possible. It also shows that the accredited organization values the feedback and input of their customers with disabilities and is accountable to the community. And, finally, accreditation demonstrates that an organization has opened its service delivery and business processes to outside scrutiny to improve the quality of its programs.
FAQs: Jobs for Disabled Veterans
There are many other jobs that disabled veterans can do, depending on their skills, interests, and the nature of their disabilities. Veterans have undergone some of the world’s best training in both hard skills for specific professions and soft skills like leadership and accountability. The most important thing is to find a job that is a good fit for the individual and that they are passionate about.
- Veterans Affairs (VA): The VA offers a variety of jobs for disabled and non-disabled veterans, including healthcare, IT, and administrative positions.
- Government: The government offers a wide range of jobs for disabled veterans, including law enforcement, security, and engineering positions.
- Non-profit: Many non-profits hire veterans with disabilities, such as those that provide job training and placement services, or those that advocate for veterans' rights.
- Private sector: There are many private sector companies that hire veterans, such as those in the technology, healthcare, and manufacturing industries.
- Self-employment: Some disabled veterans choose to start their own businesses, which can be a great way to use the skills and experience gained in the military.
Resources are available to help disabled veterans get jobs through normal hiring channels or through organizations dedicated to helping people with disabilities find jobs. Help is often available from the Veterans Administration, which offers a variety of benefits to help veterans find and keep jobs, such as job training, resume writing assistance, and job placement services. Another option is to network with other veterans through organizations that connect veterans with employment opportunities, such as the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).
The unemployment rate for disabled veterans in the United States is estimated to be around 11.2 percent which is significantly higher than the general population unemployment rate of 3.6 percent. This is due to a number of factors, including the physical and mental health issues that many veterans face, the lack of accessible employment opportunities, and the stigma that all people with disabilities face about their employability. There are many things that can be done to improve the employment rate for disabled veterans, including providing more accessible employment opportunities, removing barriers to employment, and providing job training and support services.