Veterans with service-related disabilities are assisted in successfully re-integrating into the community. Services provided include support groups, anger management techniques, volunteer and socialization activities, one-on-one support and vocational and educational counseling.
To qualify for the program, Veterans must have:
- At least a 10% service-related disability
- An open case with VA Vocational Rehabilitation Unit and Employment Chapter 31 services
- A direct referral to JVS from a VA counselor
The VET program is structured in two phases. The first phase helps veterans enhance their quality of life through:
- Improved communication skills
- Computer skills training
- Community integration
- Self-advocacy and self-sufficiency
Phase II is designed to help veterans implement the personal goals and objectives they identified during Phase I.
Phase II activities include:
- Testing to help identify skills, interests and hobbies
- Researching volunteer opportunities online
- Registering with existing volunteer sites and/or identifying new volunteer opportunities, with the goal of performing up to 20 hours per week of volunteer or hobby activity (may include part-time employment)
Skills learned in Phase II include:
- How to lead a self-sustaining, long-term quality of life
- How to cope with stress
- Self-advocacy and advanced communication skills (non-threatening/non-defensive, negotiation and mediation skills)
Two ways to apply:
- Online at http://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/index.asp »
- Complete the VA application form 28-1900 and mail or drop off at the nearest veterans service center
For more information, contact Donna Rhodes at (313) 833-8100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.