Disability Employment Challenge:

With returning veterans struggling to transition to the civilian workforce, in 2007, the US Army asked the National Organization on Disability to design a program to address the career needs of the most severely injured soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Innovation Team:

US Army
Local veteran and employment organizations in North Carolina, Texas, Pennsylvania and Colorado


NOD responded by developing the Wounded Warrior Careers program, through which we piloted a scalable career support model, reported the results, and at the same time, helped nearly 300 veterans and their families successfully reintegrate into their communities.

The extensive body of experience and data accumulated through the Wounded Warrior Careers demonstration provide a solid foundation for helping employers meet their veteran hiring goals. Together with our partners, we’ve distilled key lessons into the following guides for companies seeking to welcome returning veterans and transitioning service members: