NOD President Carol Glazer Briefs Senate Staff on Employment for Veterans with Disabilities
Senators Casey, Duckworth & Reed Sponsor Session on Strategies for Increasing Employment for Those Who Serve
Carol Glazer, NOD President, today briefed U.S. Senate staff designed to address increasing employment opportunities for veterans. Glazer shared information on NOD’s veterans’ employment programs during “Employment Strategies for Veterans with Disabilities: Supports and Strategies for Increasing Employment for Those Who Serve.”
The briefing, sponsored by Senators Bob Casey, Tammy Duckworth and Jack Reed, focused on the more than 1.3 million military personnel who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with disabling conditions over the last decade and a half. In 2006, the U.S. Army asked NOD to help troops returning from war plan and prepare for careers. The collaboration resulted in the Wounded Warriors Careers program, which has helped hundreds of seriously injured veterans find employment, access education or job training.
“I am proud that Wounded Warriors Careers has helped so many veterans transition successfully to civilian life,” Glazer said. “We have come to learn that the wasted talents and abilities of wounded veterans – and its impact on thousands of military families – is a completely preventable national tragedy.”
Of those veterans served by Wounded Warriors Careers, 70-percent were employed, in school or receiving job training when the program concluded, versus 30-40 percent of veterans not enrolled. The program costs about $3,500 per veteran per year, Glazer said, adding that NOD has resources available for companies seeking to hire veterans with disabilities.
The Senate hearing also featured: Bill Murray, Director of Field Operations, Veterans’ Employment and Training Services, U.S. Dept. of Labor; Susan Prokop, Senior Associate Director of Advocacy, Paralyzed Veterans of America; and Master Sergeant Herrick Ross, (retired), Senior Talent Advisor, Military and Refugees, Starbucks.