Veteran’s Day is a time to reflect on the sacrifices some have made in the service of our country. It is not only a day to pay tribute but also a time to reflect on how we as a nation have responded to our veterans who have left military service.
To honor Veterans all year long, Disability Rights Nebraska is working to raise awareness that PTSD treatments can help. Good treatments are available for PTSD, no matter when a Veteran served or how long symptoms have been present.
Hear Veterans tell the stories of the events that caused their PTSD and how treatment helped them turn their lives around at AboutFace PTSD Profiles.
Help for Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Nearly a third (29.6%, 3.5 million) of the 12 million veterans ages 21-64 report having a disability.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and/or depression are called the “signature” disabilities because these impairments are so common among returning veterans. Some veterans with the signature disabilities might not have indicated they had any disabilities.
Many veterans with these impairments might not have been diagnosed. They may have acquired their disabilities at a time when the symptoms displayed were not thought to be related to a disability or they may not yet recognize that they have a disability. It is estimated that the number of OEF/OIF veterans with one or more of the signature disabilities is about 30%.
The good news is that there is more recognition of these disabilities and help for those who experience them. In Nebraska check out these PTSD programs:
Lincoln Community-Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC)
600 South 70th Street
Lincoln, NE 68510
Omaha – VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System
4101 Woolworth Avenue
Omaha, NE 68105
Phone: 402-346-8800 Or 402-346-8800
For more information:
Resources for Employment of Veterans with Disabilities
Unemployment among veteran’s as a group is staggering. If the veteran has a disability those numbers only increase.
Many veterans with significant disabilities have difficulty accepting the fact that they are not the same as they once were. Veterans who have disabilities often do not think of themselves as a person with a disability. They may identify first as a “disabled veteran” or a “wounded warrior.”
Unfortunately, veterans with disabilities experience employment discrimination. Below are a few resources that may be of help to our “wounded warriors”, their family and employers.
- Employment Data for Veterans
- Vets First: Disabled Veterans Employment and Education
- Tips to Veterans Returning to Work with a Disability
- New Rules for Returning Vets - not limited to Vietnam Era Vets
- Tips for Family Members of Veterans with Disabilities
- Starbucks CEO: Why to hire a veteran
- Tips for Employers of Veterans with Disabilities
- New Rules for Federal Contractors and Sub-contractors
- A step-by-step Toolkit for Employers Hiring Veterans
- Top 100 Military Friendly Employers®
Thanks to the ADA National Network and the Veterans Administration for compiling the resource information.