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Veterans Health Administration vocational services for Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom Veterans with mental health conditions

Elizabeth W. Twamley, PhD, et al.

By studying Veterans Health Administration appointments in 75,607 Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, substance use disorders, or traumatic brain injury (TBI)-related problems in fiscal years 2008 and 2009, we found that only 8.4 percent accessed vocational services. Most Veterans who did so attended only one or two appointments. Veterans with TBI and with more mental health conditions overall were more likely to access vocational services. Only 2.2 percent of Veterans received evidence-based supported employment. However, supported employment was effective, with 243 out of 479 Veterans who received it obtaining competitive work, with an average hourly wage of $11.60 and longer-lasting jobs. More supported employment specialists are needed to serve OIF/OEF Veterans.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2012.08.0137

Volume 50 Number 5, 2013
   Pages 663 — 670


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Twamley EW, Baker DG, Norman SB, Pittman JO, Lohr JB, Resnick SG. Veterans Health Administration vocational services for Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom Veterans with mental health conditions. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2013;50(5):663–70.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2012.08.0137
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