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Succeeding on the Job
Securing a new, civilian job is a great accomplishment for veterans living with TBI. Success on the job is just as important. The resources in this section will help you through your transition into your new job, including tips from other veterans.
An important event at work can take careful planning and energy — before and after the event. Adam shares some tips to help you "break a leg."
The Stress Continuum is a model that identifies how Sailors and Marines react under stressful situations and what to do to help.
Using a common sense approach, Major Charles Hall helps injured Marines find their way forward.
For many veterans, a brain injury may change the trajectory of your career path. Adam talks about how and where to seek help when exploring ideas for a new career.
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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 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.
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.
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.
Resilience can best be understood as a type of response to intense stress. By definition, resilience means "bouncing" or "returning to form."
Think of emotional resilience as armor for the mind, push-ups for the brain.
When searching for a civilian job, veterans should consider finding a friend or buddy in a similar situation with whom to share ideas and strategies. Adam talks with Army veteran William Marquez, Virginia Employment Commission, about this topic.
More than half of the people with TBI in this study were employed after three years. However, cognitive skills and psychiatric issues remained significant barriers to employment.
When it comes to employment, promising practices exist to help transitioning service members with TBI and PTSD. Providing natural workplace supports is one of these practices.
When it comes to employment, promising practices exist to help transitioning service members with TBI and PTSD. One such practice is mentoring.
Customized employment is one promising practice to help transitioning service members with combat-related TBI and PTSD succeed in the workplace.
A diverse workforce means different and unique needs among employees. Learn how employees can meet these various needs.
Learn how a job coach can help transitioning service members with TBI, PTSD, and other combat-related injuries succeed in the workplace.
Will my boss know that "mild" TBI is much more than mild?
Learn how job accommodations can help employers and employees.
Learn how to sidestep environmental barriers that can get in the way of your recovery from a brain injury.