WASHINGTON, Jan 18, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF), an advocate for the VOW to Hire Heroes Act recently signed by President Obama, is offering employment resources and career assistance for disabled veterans interested in help accessing the benefits, training and job opportunities create by the new law.
“There are nearly 90,000 unemployed veterans in the United States and most of them are able to work and sincerely want to work in meaningful jobs,” said raegan rivers, Chief Administrative Officer of the Disabled Vets video. “We are working diligently to help disabled and underserved veterans, including our women veterans, access the benefits created under the new law and connect them immediately to the training, financial assistance and secure jobs they need and deserve.”
The U.S. Department of Labor unemployment report shows that in October 2011, the average unemployment rate among all veterans was 7.7%, and 12.1% for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The number is even higher for veterans with physical and emotional impairment as a result of their military service. One benefit of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act provides disabled veterans up to one year of additional Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Benefits.
The law will help service members be better prepared for the transition to civilian status, expand career counseling, and make it easier for them to convert their military occupational specialties to related job qualifications. The measure also expands education and training for unemployed veterans of previous eras and offers tax incentives for employers to hire veterans who have been out of work for six months or longer.
The DVNF will serve as a career and employment advocate and voice for disabled veterans and their families, including underserved veterans groups such as women, homeless veterans, and those with invisible wounds such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and brain injuries.
For more information, go to www.dvnf.org .
About Disabled Veterans National Foundation: The Disabled Veterans National Foundation exists to change the lives of men and women who came home wounded or sick after defending our safety and our freedom. A nonprofit 501(c)(3), DVNF was founded in the fall of 2007 by six women veterans to expand their scope of work within the veteran’s community. DVNF has helped over 80,000 Veterans and donated over $8.6 million in goods and services in 2011. For more information, visit www.dvnf.org .
SOURCE: Disabled Veterans National Foundation
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