Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Returning veterans with disabilities are not automatically covered under the ADA. Their disability must meet the ADA’s definition of disability: A mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity.
- In most cases, however, disabilities such as PTSD, TBI or depression would be covered under the ADA.
- There are two EEOC documenst which can help clarify these issues.
- 35.1% of veterans with a service-connected disability have a disability rating of 50% or higher (410,700).
- Veterans with a service connected disability rating of 50% or higher have significantly lower rates of employment that those with ratings of 0 to 40%.
- Only 25% of the 131,900 veterans with a service connected rating of 70% or higher are employed.
- Again, it’s difficult to get an exact number because there are different definitions of disability.
- It’s hard to predict exactly, but it’s estimated that over the next decade, there will be about 1.6 million veterans returning from active service.
- Since 2001, 2.5 million service members have been deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan—Vets who served since Sept 2001 are called “Gulf War Era II” vets.
- Among Gulf War II vets, more than a third of these were deployed more than once and nearly 400,000 were deployed three or more times.