Online Program

Veterans and Disabilities

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 2:50 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

Ronald Drach, Wounded Warrior Careers Program, Drach Consulting, Potomac, MD
Public health has a critical role to play in integrating veterans with disabilities back into their communities, and in promoting their health and full participation. As of April 2013, 3.61 million veterans had a disability that was connected to their military service. Their workforce participation was half that of veterans without a disability. Veterans are returning with debilitating wounds that include burns, spinal cord injuries, amputations, visual impairments, hearing loss, and the two signature but sometimes invisible wounds of PTSD and TBI. Wounded Warrior Careers works to address the unique transition needs and supportive services needed by veterans that support their career development and family participation.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the magnitude and nature of disability among veterans Explain the contribution that veterans with disabilities can make to the workforce Describe what supports are needed for successful transition to the workforce

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am an independent consultant who has worked in the field of veterans’ benefits/programs/services for approximately 45 years. During that course of time I have chaired and/or served on numerous Commissions and Task Forces and currently serve on DoD’s Recovering Warrior Task Force and chaired the VA’s Veterans Advisory Committee on rehabilitation (VACOR) for 15 years
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.