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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.

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Preparing for a Big Meeting or Presentation at Work After a TBI

Preparing for a Big Meeting or Presentation at Work After a TBI

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

The Stress Continuum

The Stress Continuum is a model that identifies how Sailors and Marines react under stressful situations and what to do to help.

Helping Marines Get Unstuck

Helping Marines Get Unstuck

Using a common sense approach, Major Charles Hall helps injured Marines find their way forward.

Rethinking Your Career Path After a Brain Injury

Rethinking Your Career Path After a Brain Injury

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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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.

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.

Resilience: What Is It?

Resilience: What Is It?

Resilience can best be understood as a type of response to intense stress. By definition, resilience means "bouncing" or "returning to form."

Resilience: The Bounce Back Factor

Resilience: The Bounce Back Factor

Think of emotional resilience as armor for the mind, push-ups for the brain.

Get Away from the “Go It Alone” Mentality

Get Away from the “Go It Alone” Mentality

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.

Long-Term Issues Post-Brain Injury Can Affect Return to Work

Long-Term Issues Post-Brain Injury Can Affect Return to Work

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.

Training, Supervision and Other Natural Workplace Supports

Training, Supervision and Other Natural Workplace Supports

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.

Workplace Mentoring

Workplace Mentoring

When it comes to employment, promising practices exist to help transitioning service members with TBI and PTSD. One such practice is mentoring.

Customized Employment

Customized Employment

Customized employment is one promising practice to help transitioning service members with combat-related TBI and PTSD succeed in the workplace.

Universal Design and Assistive Technology in the Workplace

Universal Design and Assistive Technology in the Workplace

A diverse workforce means different and unique needs among employees. Learn how employees can meet these various needs.

Job Coaching

Job Coaching

Learn how a job coach can help transitioning service members with TBI, PTSD, and other combat-related injuries succeed in the workplace.

What Do I Tell My Employer?

What Do I Tell My Employer?

Will my boss know that "mild" TBI is much more than mild?

Supporting Employees with TBI

Supporting Employees with TBI

Learn how job accommodations can help employers and employees.

Environmental Barriers

Environmental Barriers

Learn how to sidestep environmental barriers that can get in the way of your recovery from a brain injury.

 


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