The imperative for all employers wanting to hire veterans with disabilities involves translating goodwill into sound disability inclusive workplace practices that will lead to the successful and sustained employment of veterans with disabilities.

"Are employers ready to hire, retain and accommodate veterans with disabilities (VWDs) returning from engagements in Iraq and Afghanistan? A survey of 1,083 human resource professionals examined employer readiness in three areas: knowledge, beliefs/willingness and actions/practices, with an emphasis on the signature disabilities of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Overall, employers surveyed did have willingness to employ VWDs and saw some benefits in doing so. Yet, they had key knowledge gaps around accommodating workers with PTSD and TBI and around disclosure issues" (p.89). (Abstractor: Author)

Full Publication Title: Beyond Yellow Ribbons: Are Employers Prepared to Hire, Accommodate and Retain Returning Veterans With Disabilities?

Major Findings & Recommendations

• "Overall, our findings remind us that veterans’ workplace issues are largely disability workplace issues. Though employers have goodwill in this area, they will need more than just a proliferation of information resources to translate this goodwill into solid workplace practices and cultures that will ensure that veterans who have disabilities can fully contribute their talents in the workplace." (p.94) • "Findings show employer knowledge gaps across several key workplace issues, including recruiting, accommodations and the laws covering VWDs in the workplace. This knowledge gap was particularly apparent for PTSD and TBI." (p. 93) • "Our findings show an inconsistent commitment on the part of employers to employ veterans with disabilities. Employers largely believed there were benefits in employing VWDs, but were less certain of specific benefits, such as solid job performance or improved customer relations. Also, employers largely agreed with or were unsure about the costs of employing VWDs in terms of money, time and effort. This was particularly the case for the signature disabilities of PTSD and TBI." (p.93) (Abstractor: Author)