WASHINGTON – The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF), a non-profit organization that exists to help men and women who come home with emotional and physical wounds after serving our country, is urging employers to turn to veteran support agencies like the DVNF for resources to help them hire disabled veterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
With the troop draw down in the Middle East, employers have a new labor pool of returning veterans. Many are coming home with physical injuries or “invisible” psychological disabilities, and employers need to remember these veterans are protected against job discrimination by the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Common injuries employers can expect in returning soldiers include missing limbs, burns, spinal cord injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), hearing loss, and traumatic brain injuries. Veteran support organizations like the DVNF have put resources in place to help employers successfully hire and retain disabled veterans.
“There are many resources available to employers to hire, train and support veteran employees with disabilities so that both the employer and veteran can be successful,” said Raegan Rivers, Chief Administrative Officer of DVNF. “Employers need our help understanding what they are required by law to do, but also how they can help their veteran employees be successful through providing them the proper workspace and environment to increase their productivity.”
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has two publications to help veterans and employers: Understanding Your Employment Rights Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): A Guide for Veterans (Veterans’ Guide) and Veterans and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): A Guide for Employers (Employers’ Guide).
Both publications are set up in a question and answer format and address ADA coverage and provide specific guidance on requesting and providing reasonable accommodation. The DVNF also has employment resources available on its website.