This article presents issues related to disabled military servicemen and women who are transitioning to civilian life. The emphasis is on the experience of veterans serving in the Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) as they reintegrate into civilian workplace and learning environments. The authors begin with an overview of the types of disabilities particular to these veterans and then describe the unique experiences of these disabled veterans in workplaces and institutions of higher education. Veterans with polytrauma injuries, multiple injuries to one or more body regions or organs, have access to specialized polytrauma systems of care. These care systems provide treatment for physical, cognitive, psychological, and functional impairments and comprehensive and ongoing services for reintegration into educational and employment settings. This article focuses on the disabilities that may be more difficult to recognize and therefore might create areas of concern in higher education and workplace environments. (Abstractor: Website Staff)Note: This resource requires a fee to access.This resource requires a fee to access.
Full Publication Title: Challenges and Opportunities of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans with Disabilities Transitioning into Learning and Workplace Environments
Major Findings & Recommendations
Highlights and recommendations from the report: • "Post Traumatic Stress Syndrom (PTSD) and neurological disorders such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are among the most frequent military service-related disabilities, and have been referred to as the signature wounds of OEF/OIF veterans. Veterans with PTSD or TBI may face unique difficulties transitioning into civilian employment or academic environments. The symptoms of PTSD and TBI are difficult to manage and are often misunderstood by the general population. • Veteran friendly campuses and student veteran organizations can ease the transition to academic life for veterans with disabilities. Veteran friendly campuses include those that provide on-campus service offices, orientation programs and intramural sports programs for veterans. • PTSD/TBI symptoms that interfere with work place performance can be alleviated by providing reasonable accommodation. Providing a low-noise environment, frequent rest breaks, peer or group mentoring, flexible schedules with reminders and tape recorders to use as memory aids allow for an optimal work environment. The Department of Labor provides institutions with online training, guidelines and brochures with tips on accommodation for disabled individuals." (Abstractor: Author and Website Staff) This resource requires a fee to access.