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Getting Disabled Working-Age Veterans Back to Work

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

According to Daily Finance, the unemployment rate remains high for certain people, such as those without a high school diploma and of course, for military veterans.

Working-age veterans, those aged 21 to 64, currently (as of February 2011,) have an unemployment rate of nearly 30 percent according to the Census Bureau. Within the general population, veterans with disabilities have an even higher unemployment rate at 41 percent in comparison to 27 percent of veterans who have returned without a disability.

Unfortunately, the 41 percent estimate is potentially a conservative estimate especially for veterans who return with undiagnosed disabilities such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD,) or TBI (traumatic brain injury.)

Cornell University researchers released a study noting that approximately 20 percent of returning service members potentially had PTSD or depression, and 19 percent had potential TBI. Overall, approximately 30 percent of veterans have at least one disability.

Disabled veterans are at a disadvantage for returning to the workforce, as many employers are simply unable to meet the needs of disabled vets; even if the employer has good intentions of recruiting, hiring and accommodating this population.

Though intentions may be good, employers have been misled to believe that accommodating disabled veterans or disabled workers in general as an expensive endeavor, costing upwards of tens of thousands of dollars when in reality, it may cost only up to $500.

Furthermore, businesses are only required to make accommodations if the worker brings a disability to attention, as per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Unfortunately, businesses are not required to accommodate disabled persons who impose a hardship on operations of the business.

Number of Unemployed and Disabled Social Security Recipients On the Rise

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

According to a recent study by Allsup, a Social Security disability provider, unemployment for people with disabilities continues to outpace the unemployment rate for other works. The number of unemployed and disabled Americans is on the rise.

The study reports the number of people applying for SSDI benefits reached a record: 2.9 million applicants in 2010. This is the highest number of disability benefit applicants since the program began in 1956. The number of Americans leaving the workforce due to disability and then being unable to return to work is climbing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics proved this statistic in through its 2009 figures.

Unemployment averaged 14.5 percent in the fourth quarter for individuals with disabilities, compared to 8.9 percent for people with no disabilities. People with disabilities experienced a 57 percent higher unemployment rate than those without disabilities.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also reported that in December about 6.4 million unemployed individuals had been jobless for 27 weeks or more. This particular figure is up from 2.6 million unemployed individuals in 2008.

A common frustration appears to be people disabilities realizing that they are physically incapable of returning to the workforce.