- Returning veterans with disabilities are not automatically covered under the ADA.Â Their disability must meet the ADAâ€™s definition of disability:Â A mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity.Â
- 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.Â
- One of these is for employers-Veterans and the Americ
- 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.
The employment rate of veterans with disabilities is significantly lower than that of veterans without disabilities. Only about a third of veterans with a disability (32%), compared with over three-quarters of veterans without disabilities. The employment rate of the civilian population is 71%.
- 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, itâ€™s difficult to get an exact number because there are different definitions of disability.