Disabled Veterans National Foundation Encouraging Employers To Understand and Believe That Hiring Veterans with PTSD and Brain Injuries Can Benefit Both Parties

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The Disabled Veterans National Foundation, a non-profit organization that exists to help men and women who come home with emotional and physical wounds after serving our country and which advocates tirelessly on behalf of veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), is encouraging employers that hiring veterans with “invisible injuries” can provide both parties with great success.

“Employment contributes greatly to the well-being and stability of veterans with emotional injuries and brain trauma suffered while serving the country”, said Raegen Rivers of DVNF. Studies have shown that disabled veterans who secure employment adjust better and more quickly after returning home from duty. Rivers added, “There is a wealth of resources available to employers willing to hire veterans diagnosed with PTSD or TBI.”

“Educating employers about the many educational and support resources available to help them to hire, train and retain veterans with PTSD and TBI is the key to success – both for the employer and the veteran,” said Rivers. “There are some very specific and simple practices an employer can initiate in the workplace to help a veteran with PTSD avoid stimulus overload and be more calm and productive. Likewise, there are simple steps companies can take to help someone with a brain injury stay on task.”

DVNF, which advocates on behalf of all veterans, including offering a myriad of employment resources and training for veterans, is working to dispel the myths employers may have about hiring veterans with psychological and brain disorders. “The reality is that all jobs are stressful, people with PTSD and TBI do get better, and employers who have hired people with mental illnesses report good attendance and punctuality as well as motivation, good work and job tenure equal to or greater than other employees,” said Rivers. Studies by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill show that there are no differences in productivity when people with mental illnesses are compared to other employees.

About DVNF: DVNF exists to change the lives of men and women who came home wounded or sick after defending our safety and freedom. A non-profit 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. For more information, visit http://www.dvnf.org.

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