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Veterans have much to offer employers.  Skills, experience, discipline, teamwork; courage and resilience gained from military service are all valued in the workforce.  

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Veterans, Mental Illness, and Employment: How Ticket to Work Can Help

May 25, 2016

Image of soldier saluting the US flagAccording to the American Public Health Association, many veterans experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse disorders, depression, anxiety and other forms of mental illness.  This can often be discouraging for those seeking employment after leaving the military. However, veterans have much to offer employers.  Skills, experience, discipline, teamwork; courage and resilience gained from military service are all valued in the workforce.

Ticket to Work is a free and voluntary program that supports career development for people, including veterans, age 18-64 who receive Social Security disability benefits and want to work, gain new skills, improve current skills, and start or continue a career.

Veterans who take part in the Ticket to Work program will choose a service provider who will work with them to develop a plan to achieve their employment goals and provide employment support services and resources along the way.

The Ticket to Work program has helped many veterans with mental illness access the services and supports they need to find meaningful employment. If you’re a veteran who’s ready to work contact the Ticket to Work Help Line at 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 866-833-2967 (TTY) M-F 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM ET.  Ask an agent to send you a list of Social Security-approved service providers; or, you can search for providers online using the “Find Help” tool.

For more information about Social Security’s Ticket to Work program, visit www.choosework.net.