Life after service: Veteran Readiness and Employment

The military influences every facet of a veteran’s life, especially their mental and physical health. If a veteran is having physical or mental health issues, that can make it hard to find a job. Further, once a military service member is discharged from their branch, they may not have the tools and resources they need to dive back into the workforce, especially those with a disability. That’s where the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can help.

Veterans with a service-connected (SC) disability have a 69% employment rate, while those that have an SC disability in conjunction with an American Community Survey disability have a 32% employment rate.

Veteran Readiness and Employment is a program that helps veterans with a disability who are struggling to find a job.

What is Veteran Readiness and Employment?

Veteran Readiness and Employment is a career and educational program available to veterans with service-connected disabilities. This VA program can provide services and employment support that can help them integrate into the workforce. Or in some cases, reenter the workforce.

Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) service tracks include:

  • Reemployment — Veterans are protected under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), which means that they cannot be disadvantaged in their civilian career as a result of their military service. If a veteran wants the job they had before active duty, then VR&E can work with their former employer to provide the accommodations necessary to support a veteran returning to their civilian career. 
  • Rapid Access to Employment — VR&E offers services to address a veteran’s abilities, aptitudes, and interests that help them find employment that utilizes their existing skills and capabilities.
  • Self-Employment — Veterans with a strong desire to run their own business can access VR&E services as well. The VR&E program offers services such as developing a business proposal, analysis of a business concept, training on running a small business, and evaluation of your plan and concept. These services help provide the support and resources needed to start and run a successful business.
  • Employment Through Long-Term Services — For veterans with a disability that makes it difficult for them to succeed on their current employment path, VR&E offers long-term services. This track assists by providing the education and training needed to help a veteran find work in a different field that better matches their current skill set.
  • Independent Living — It’s important to find stability before jumping back into work. VR&E provides veterans with the resources they need to gain independence before finding employment. This includes support for activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, accessing the community, and interacting with others. 

Valor Healthcare can help veterans with the Veteran Readiness and Employment program

Valor Healthcare is a veteran-founded healthcare organization. We aim to provide whole healthcare services to veterans and other patriots. We are the largest contracted provider of outpatient healthcare services for veterans and take pride in delivering world-class services. We were one of the first community-based outpatient clinics to be accredited for ambulatory care by the Joint Commission and continue to focus on quality across all our lines of business. 

Valor Healthcare is a team made up of veterans and leading clinicians. We are passionate about making resources available to those who have served our country. Valor was first established in 2004, when an Army veteran and a Navy veteran joined together to create something they both believed in — good-quality outpatient care for veterans. 

Interested in the types of services a veteran-focused health consultant company can provide? We specialize in each of the following:

  • Outpatient clinic operations.
  • Occupational health.
  • Behavioral health.
  • Population health.
  • Value-added services.

Would you benefit from any of the services listed above? If you’re a veteran looking for employment after military service, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team for guidance. Valor Healthcare partners with public and private medical clinics to bring high-quality healthcare to American veterans. If you are a healthcare professional, you can partner with us to give your patients access to data-driven, 21st-century care.