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Veterans and Wounded Warriors

AbilityOne Makes Concerted Efforts to Support Wounded Warriors

The Commission, NIB and SourceAmerica® are dedicated to a variety of programs that reach out to veterans with disabilities and connect them with local NPAs and other resources. NIB collaborates with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and connects veterans with job training, job placement and other career development services offered through its associated NPAs across the country. NIB's Wounded Warrior Program offers critical training in areas such as contract management support, business management training, leadership training and fellowship programs. NIB also participates in job fairs, special events and conventions on a national scale.

The SourceAmerica Institute for Economic Empowerment conducted a two-year research project with the National Organization on Disability that involves interviewing veterans with Veterans Programs disabilities, employers and family members to establish employment interests and skill levels. Additionally, SourceAmerica partners with Military Wounded Warrior Programs, VA and other organizations to assist veterans.

AbilityOne Provides Life-Changing Opportunities for Returning Veterans

The sacrifices made by America's brave fighting men and women often involve serious injuries. Veterans with newly acquired disabilities may face enormous psychological and economic challenges upon re-entering civilian life. These challenges are often compounded by the misperceptions held by some potential employers and members of the public.

Change happened for David Kendrick, who participated in the Warrior SALUTE Program, offered by Continuing Developmental Services (CDS), an AbilityOne® NPA in Webster, N.Y. He was on the verge of being homeless due to his unemployment and service-connected disability when he joined CDS. Expressing his gratitude, he explained, "The CDS program gave me a second chance because I thought nobody cared about soldiers out there. It was really hard, and I searched everywhere, and nobody wanted to give me a hand. Without the CDS program, I would be out there on the street."

In addition to providing vocational assessments, employment training and placement assistance, CDS provides individual, family and group counseling; fully accessible fitness centers and an aquatic center for therapeutic recreation, art and music therapy; temporary housing; and a variety of family-support services.

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