DoL Helps Employers with Injured Veteran Issues

August 22, 2008 ( - The U.S. Department of Labor announced a new online resource to help employers in their employment of veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), two increasingly common battlefield conditions.

Managed jointly by the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, in collaboration with other federal agencies, the America’s Heroes at Work Web site ( ) provides information about TBI and PTSD as well as tools and guidance on how to implement workplace accommodations and other services that benefit affected individuals. In addition, the Web site includes the toll-free phone number of the Job Accommodation Network, which provides employers with personal assistance relating to job accommodations for veterans with disabilities, the announcement said.

Through America’s Heroes at Work, employers can leverage job coaching and mentoring programs to create a positive, successful workplace experience for disabled veterans. The resource can also be used for non-veteran employees, such as first responders, who have experienced traumatic events.

“One of the best ways we can help these courageous men and women and honor their sacrifice is to help them return to full, productive lives through work. Employment can also play a role in their recovery,” said Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao, in the announcement.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued two guides providing technical assistance for employers and veterans on workplace issues affecting veterans with service-connected disabilities (See EEOC Issues Guides on Injured Vets’ Workplace Issues ).