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Returning to Work for Service Members and Veterans

Finding the perfect job is never easy, especially when you are moving from the military to the civilian world. Living with symptoms from a traumatic brain injury can add extra stress to that transition. We have gathered information and resources for you here to help you find and succeed in a job, including tips from other veterans.

Your whole career, you’ve been doing something like nursing, IT, trucking, or mechanics in a military setting and once you get out, the certifications you had may not necessarily transfer to the civilian job market. You need to start by getting your paperwork in order.

Army veteran William Marquez, Virginia Employment Commission

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Easing Back into the Work Force After a Brain Injury

Easing Back into the Work Force After a Brain Injury

Starting with an internship and assessing your skills and abilities post-TBI are two strategies to help you successfully return to the work force. Adam shares his experience.

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Job Searching Tips for the Veteran with PTSD or TBI

Job Searching Tips for the Veteran with PTSD or TBI

Finding a job is never easy, but here are five suggestions to help you improve your odds and transition into a civilian job.

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Vocational Issues Following Traumatic Brain Injury, Part II

Vocational Issues Following Traumatic Brain Injury, Part II

Although some of the challenges related to returning to work can be hard to change, many people can successfully return to work after a brain injury.

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More about returning to work for service members and veterans

How Can You Help People with TBI Return to Their Jobs?

How Can You Help People with TBI Return to Their Jobs?

Dr. Heechin Chae talks about the best strategies for people with brain injury to return to their jobs, the most important and often difficult one being to return slowly and carefully.

Finding a Balance: College, Work, Family ... and Issues from TBI

Finding a Balance: College, Work, Family ... and Issues from TBI

Returning to school as a veteran — especially with a brain injury — can be difficult. Adam suggests strategies like starting slowly or taking a smaller course load that balances better with work and life.

Managing Your Money After a Brain Injury

Managing Your Money After a Brain Injury

Managing money is complicated, especially for people with a brain injury who may have trouble remembering what they spent or creating a budget. Adam shares some tips from online banking to keeping a spending journal.

Next Steps for Veterans with Brain Injury

Next Steps for Veterans with Brain Injury

Adam knows that the expression, "the world is your oyster" can sound exciting or scary, especially for veterans with TBI figuring out what to do after being in the military.

Getting Used to a Less Structured World After the Military

Getting Used to a Less Structured World After the Military

The military provides three meals a day, shelter, uniforms, and a structured schedule. The civilian side does not. Adam talks about what to be aware of when transitioning from military to civilian life.

What Interventions Can Help Service Members with TBI and /or PTSD Return to School or Work?

What Interventions Can Help Service Members with TBI and /or PTSD Return to School or Work?

Lt. Col. Philip Holcombe, PhD explains how the use of imaginal or behavioral rehearsals helps service members and veterans find strategies to overcome their obstacles.

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