Disabled veterans transitioning out of the military can get extensive job-search help ― plus a few hundred bucks in their pockets ― by participating in a new study.
The study, which needs 400 participants, is part of the Independence Project’s work to help veterans transition into the civilian workforce. Participants will be placed into either a national or local program offering career services to veterans with disabilities, and researchers will follow them over a three-year period to track outcomes such as earnings, employment and well-being.
The national program will include an all-expenses-paid, in-person introductory course in Georgia run by veteran employment experts, 18 months of job coaching and access to a human capital fund, and an earnings bonus. Veterans assigned to the local program will receive personalized job and financial assistance through the Department of Veterans Affairs Compensated Work Program, the State-Federal Vocational Rehabilitation Program and the American Job Center.
In addition to the job placement help provided by these programs, participants will also receive $320.
A spokesman for the study said the research could inform policies for disabled veterans at the Veterans Affairs Department and inspire outside initiatives that wish to supplement VA supports for this group.
To qualify, candidates must be under 45, have been enlisted and on active duty for at least six months, and been discharged from the military in the past year or have an upcoming discharge date within the next eight months. They must also have applied for a disability rating.
To apply, fill out the Independence Project’s survey on their website.
Military Times contributor and former reporter Natalie Gross hosts the Spouse Angle podcast. She grew up in a military family and has a master's degree in journalism from Georgetown University.