As many as one in every five service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD is a condition that may cause nightmares, hallucinations, paranoia, and an inability to interact with others. These symptoms not only make daily life difficult, they can make it extremely stressful or even impossible to work under normal conditions.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers many different services as part of the VA disability program to help Wounded Warriors and Gulf War Veterans adjust to daily life after military service. Part of this effort includes helping returning servicemen and women find new career paths designed around their abilities and the limitations of their conditions. Here are three ways the VA offers help:
Under the VA's Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program, veterans with service-connected PTSD can attend technical career training sessions to qualify them for good jobs.
Many veterans choose to go back to school after deployment to learn the skills they need for a future career. The post-9/11 GI Bill can pay up to about 21 thousand dollars a year to cover a veteran’s tuition and housing costs.
Veterans with PTSD are uniquely suited to positions where they work from home or are self-employed. Remote employment allows veterans to avoid many triggers of their conditions such as crowds and loud noises and work around the difficulties created by their PTSD. The VA offers self-employment coordination services for help in developing a business plan; training in small business operations, marketing, and finances; and guidance in how to get the resources to implement a business plan.
Unlike Social Security disability, VA disability benefits do not stop if you continue working, allowing you to work at a pace that is comfortable for you without worrying about losing your income. If you have not yet applied for VA disability benefits, we can help. Call us today at Cuddigan Law for a free evaluation of your individual situation.