This month, we honor America’s veterans. Many veterans with disabilities face challenges reintegrating into society and finding a good job or restarting a career interrupted by their service. The Ticket to Work program can make this journey smoother and help you find a meaningful career after your military service.
As a veteran, you offer employers:
- Skills and experience
- Discipline and teamwork
- Courage and resilience
As a veteran in the workforce, you gain:
- Financial independence
- A chance to use your current skills and develop new ones
- Connections with people on the job and in your community
Veteran Employment Resources
Many other resources are available to help veterans successfully enter the workplace:
- Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E) Services – VR&E is a program of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Through VR&E, you may receive vocational rehabilitation and employment services to help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development and job-seeking skills coaching. Other services may help veterans start their own businesses or provide independent living services for those with severe disabilities that make traditional employment difficult.
- Hiring Our Heroes – This is a nationwide initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment. Hiring Our Heroes works through a network of 1,600 state and local Chambers of Commerce and other partners from the public, private and non-profit sectors. The initiative has hosted more than 320 hiring fairs in 49 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia resulting in more than 10,400 hires.
- Veteran Recruiting – This website provides veterans with disabilities and the military with access to industry-leading employers through virtual career fairs and live video interviewing services. Register for the Veterans Day event on November 10, 2016.
- ApprenticeshipUSA – Have you served in the military and are now looking to start an exciting new career? The Federal Government provides a number of resources to help service members and veterans find high-skill, well-paying Registered Apprenticeship jobs. Learn more at ApprenticeshipUSA!
About Ticket to Work
Social Security’s Ticket to Work program supports career development for people ages 18 through 64 who receive Social Security disability benefits (SSI or SSDI) and want to work. The Ticket program is free and voluntary. It helps people with disabilities move toward financial independence and connects them with the services and support they need to succeed in the workforce.
To learn more about Ticket to Work, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/work and contact the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 (Voice) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY) Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET. Ask a representative to send you a list of service providers or find providers on your own with the Ticket to Work Find Help tool.