National Association of Professional Women Announces Anna R. Thomas, Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist at VA Medical Center, a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year

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Anna R. Thomas is recognized as an NAPW VIP Woman of the Year for her outstanding leadership and commitment within her profession

My career never feels like work – I love what I do.

NAPW honors Anna R. Thomas, Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist at VA Medical Center as a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year for leadership in Veteran's support with this prestigious distinction. As the largest, most-recognized organization of women in the country, spanning virtually every industry and profession, the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) is a powerfully vibrant networking community with over 600,000 members and nearly 300 Local Chapters.

Retired after 20 years of service is the USAF, Ms. Thomas has been helping disabled veterans with multiple employment barriers reintegrate back into the workforce using the strength based model and coaching practices for seven years. “My career never feels like work – I love what I do,” says Ms. Thomas, who left the military in the winter of 2006 and is now certified as a Military Career Transition Assistant Facilitator and selected as an associate member for “My Friend Jill Confidant Group.” She also serves as a member of treatment teams for patients (veterans) within the Compensated Work Therapy Program (CWT) supported employment.

She provides vocational rehabilitation, coaching, and placement for veterans experiencing acute mental illnesses with a focus on those with psychosis, and multiple employment barriers. She implements program goals, monitors case findings, and develops and disseminate information on vocational rehabilitation resources to program staff and patients.

Ms. Thomas received her Associate's degree in Psychology from Axia College and her Bachelor degree in Human Services Management from University of Phoenix. She is drawn to and passionate about charitable organizations such as Salvation Army, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), and improving the quality of life for our nation's heroes....the Veteran.

NAPW’s mission is to provide an exclusive, highly advanced networking forum to successful women executives, professionals and entrepreneurs where they can aspire, connect and achieve. Through innovative resources, unique tools and progressive benefits, professional women interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and empower each other.

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