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Building Sustainable
Partnerships for
addressing Veterans
September 15, 2009
Leonard McPherson, OT/L, ATP
• Understanding the Culture of Military Groups
• Where are these Veterans?
• Collaboration Building Strategies
• Recruitment for Resources
• Bridging the Gaps
Understanding Barriers
•Military Organization Culture
Become Involved in
Collaborative Efforts
Transition Assistance Program (TAP) - for separating and
retiring local military members, and develop a working
relationship with the local business community.
Corporate Immersion Fair – Alexandria, VA
Training for interviews, resume writing, and interaction with
potential employers.
Special interest was directed towards the Wounded Warriors.
An A.T. theme that I developed for this occasion was let’s
make sure that as our wounded warriors are seeking gainful
employment they will be “Armed for the Challenge”!
Enhance Practices & Policies:
Process Flow
Build Pipeline
Implementation &
Core relationships:
Network with hiring
Identify core
positions. Core
positions are:
Set Goals, take Action
and facilitate the
Hardwire Successful
1) Critical needs
2) Profit Center
Jobs in large #s
3) Skill Shortages
4) Core Functional
Develop pathways to
address gaps:
1) Armed Services
2) Existing NonProfit Partnerships
3) State and
Federal Programs
4) Internal /
Informal networks
Develop and sustain
Pipeline relationships
Identify gaps in
Create individual
career plans
Partner to assure on
boarding, service,
communication, etc.
Implement a collaborative program
with defined goals and regular recognition
Scheduled reviews /
Solicit manager /
Participant Feedback
Review and report
progress to leadership
Repeat cycle
Encourage innovation, best practices and
share with internal and external partners
Connect with Veterans
Interest Groups
America's Heroes at Work
[email protected]
America's Heroes at Work is embarking on an Employment Pilot
designed to coordinate successful employment experiences for
veterans with TBI and/or PTSD, while studying individual
If you are an employer interested in participating in this Pilot, please
e-mail [email protected] A member of the
America's Heroes at Work team will contact you.
Veteran Resources
Department of Defense: Disabled Veterans
Provides information for disabled veterans. Includes federal
employment information, Q&As for disabled veterans and managers,
internships, scholarships and fellowships, grants, education and
training and transition centers.
Employer Assistance & Recruiting Network (EARN)
Offers a one-stop source for disability employment information.
Includes information on recruiting services, resume writing tips, fact
sheets, employer success stories and more.
Veteran Resources
Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies
Assists businesses with job placement, funding for on-the-job
training, and workplace consultation:
• District of Columbia Department on Disability Services- 202-7301700,
• Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation
Services- 1-888-554-0334,
• Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services,1-800-552-5019,
Veteran Resources
Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research
and Training Center on Workplace Supports and Job
Vast collection of resources on hiring people with disabilities
sponsored by the Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation
Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports and Job
Veteran Resources
Operation Warfighter
Sponsored by the DoD Military Severely Injured Center, OWF is a
temporary assignment or internship program for service members
who are undergoing therapy at military treatment facilities within the
United States.
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Service
Assists businesses with:
• Job placement and matching of transferable skills
• On-the-job training and continuing education assistance
Veteran Resources
Job Accommodation Network
Provides free consulting services about:
• All aspects of job accommodations
• ADA and Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act compliance
• Information about federal initiatives and hiring programs
• Referral to other helpful resources
Veteran Resources
Career One Stop
One-Stop Career One-Stop information to help employers find out
why, where and how to recruit and hire qualified veterans.
Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program
Provides assistive technology and services to people with
disabilities, Federal managers, supervisors, and IT professionals
Provides employment opportunities through a non-profit consortium
of leading U.S. corporations.
ATPDC: Assistive Technology
program for the D.C.
Assistive Technology Program for the District of
Columbia services:
Please call (202) 547-0198 Voice, TTY (202) 5472657, or the DC Assistive Technology Resource
Center at (202) 589-0288.
The Mid-Atlantic DBTAC:
ADA & IT Center
Disability Business and Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC)
451 Hungerford Drive, Suite 700
Rockville, MD 20850
TOLL FREE: 800-949-4232 V/TTY
(DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, WV)
LOCAL: 301-217-0124 V/TTY
FAX: 301-217-0754
Contact Information
Leonard McPherson, OT/L, ATP
A.T. Consultant
Phoenix Therapeutic Services, INC.
[email protected]