What are some things vets can do?

  • For more information, go the the Making Work Happen website [makingworkhappen.com] and find the Veterans Tutorial.
  • Think through how you want to talk about your disability or disclose it.  Unless you are asking for an accommodation, you do not have to disclose your disability to an employer either during hiring or employment.  Whether you decide to disclose depends on a number of factors:  Your feelings about your disability, whether you need a workplace accommodation or whether you trust the employer.
  • If you believe you do need an accommodation, do a little homework before you go to your employer.  Go to Job Accommodation Network (JAN) [askjan.org]to find examples of accommodations that might work for you, given your disability and how your disability impacts your job tasks.
  • Understand your rights under the law.  Vets with disabilities can have rights under several laws, such as Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • Understand that you are not alone.  There are a number of organizations for veterans with disabilities.  Go to the Making Work Happen website [makingworkhappen.com] and find the Veterans Tutorial.  Go to Tool #7 called "You are not alone".