- For more information on this, go to the Making Work Happen website [makingworkhappen.com] and find the employer’s a tutorial on veterans with disabilities in the workplace.
- Consider the workplace climate and culture. Is there a climate of trust and openness around disability and accommodation? What actually happens to people with disabilities when they come forward with an accommodation request? Is there a quick and effective response? Or is this the first road to termination? What happens to people with d
- 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.
- Greater awareness. Clearly, we have an enhanced capability to diagnose and report vets with conditions such as PTSD and TBI.
- Earlier generations of vets may not have had these diagnoses.
- More dangerous combat conditions. The engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan were dangerous and stressful, often with little predictability of where attacks would come from and who the enemy was.
- 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.