Veterans with service-related disabilities are assisted in successfully re-integrating into the community. Services provided include support groups, anger management techniques, volunteer and socialization activities, one-on-one support and vocational and educational counseling.
The objectives of Phase I are to enhance the quality of life for veterans with disabilities by fostering improved communication skills, computer skills training, community integration, self-advocacy and self-sufficiency.
Phase II is designed to provide returning veterans with enhanced communication, life skills, expanded volunteer and other pre-vocational community participation activities. This program is designed to assist veterans with implementing the self-selected goals and objectives identified during Phase I.
Phase II activities include:
Additional self-directed interest testing to help identify volunteer activities and/or hobby development (may include recreational checklist)
Research on Southeastern United Way volunteer websites and other volunteer organizations
Registering with existing volunteer sites and/or creating volunteer sites, with the goal of performing up to 20 hours per week of volunteer or hobby activity (may include part-time employment)
Skills learned in Phase II include:
The ability to identify and implement self-sustaining, long-term quality of life
How to cope with stress
Self-advocacy and advanced communication skills (non-threatening/non-defensive, negotiation and mediation skills)
To qualify for the program, Veterans must have:
At least a 10% service-connected disability
An open case with VA Vocational Rehabilitation Unit and Employment Chapter 31 services