Veterans Empowerment Tools (VET) Program

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

Program Phases

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)

Getting Started

Two ways to apply:

For more information, contact Donna Rhodes at (313) 833-8100 or