NOD Implores Government to Adopt Successful Wounded Warrior Model
January 15, 2013
Source: National Organization on Disability
New Report Finds 70% of
Severely Wounded Veterans
Now on Pathway to Employment
More Than Twice the Success Rate Reported to NOD of
Veterans Not Enrolled in Program
January 15, 2013, WASHINGTON, D.C. -
The National Organization on Disability (NOD) today released the results of a four-year evaluation of its Wounded Warrior Careers program and called on the U.S. Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs, along with service providers nationwide, to adopt NOD's proven, cost-effective model that successfully places severely wounded veterans into the civilian workforce.
Lieutenant General (RET) Franklin L. Hagenbeck, a member of the NOD board of directors and former deputy chief of staff for Personnel, Department of the Army, reported that in its first four years, Wounded Warrior Careers (WWC) has served 275 seriously injured veterans, 70% of whom are now employed, receiving education or in training. In contrast, for Wounded Warriors with similar disabilities not enrolled in WWC, it has been reported to NOD that the comparable figure is between 30 and 40%.
"The successful transition of Wounded Warriors into civilian careers provides an invaluable opportunity for the United States to continue benefiting from the dedication, talent, and leadership of its bravest young people," said LTG Hagenbeck during a Washington, DC news conference.
LTG Hagenbeck's announcement was followed by remarks from participants in the Wounded Warrior Careers program, NOD President, Carol Glazer, and Program Director Bill Lockwood.