Since October 2001, approximately 1.64 million U.S. troops have been deployed to support operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Many have returned with severe physical and mental wounds, making it especially hard for them to find new careers. New government programs are addressing this challenge and helping wounded vets make the change from war to civilian life.
Transition Training Academy (TTA), a program created by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Naval Medical Center, Cisco Systems and the Wounded Warrior Project, among others, helps wounded veterans make the switch from war to civilian life, by providing IT training for jobs.
Want to Make a Donation to TTA? Click here for more information on how to give back and give vets the supplies they need to get back in the work force.
The U.S. Department of Labor recently created a Web site called America's Heroes at Work, which addresses the employment challenges that face those living with the wounds of war. They offer information on how to hire a veteran and resources for employers on how to manage returning service members.
Today, the Ad Council and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America launched an online community for veterans. Communityofveterans.org provides a place where vets can trade stories and connect with others. (Check out its latest public service announcement; they closed down New York City streets to dramatize the feelings of isolation soldiers can experience when they return home from war.)
The Wounded Warrior Project, a sponsor of the TTA, seeks to raise awareness about veteran issues and help vets with programs to meet their needs post-war. Wounded Warrior Backpacks are care packs sent to vets to provide comfort during their pain. Click here to make a donation.