Program on counseling and providing assistance to veterans with disabilities

DeKALB – According to recent estimates, there are more than 2 million post-9/11 U.S. military veterans. The National Bureau of Labor Statistics reported unemployment among veterans was 10 percent in August, and the RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research reports nearly 20 percent of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have major depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. In 2008, there were 5.5 million veterans with disabilities, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

At 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, the Northern Illinois University Counseling Association will present “Counseling Veterans with Disabilities,” featuring Drs. Amanda McCarthy and Bryan Dallas, in Graham Hall room 423.

McCarthy and Dallas will provide an overview of veterans with disabilities, prevalent service-connected impairments, interventions aimed at supporting veterans, and assistive technology to facilitate independence in personal and vocational settings. Questions will be answered after the presentation. It is free and open to all.

“Through their dedicated service, military veterans have proven their motivation to work, be team players, and developed work skills that can be transferred to the civilian workforce,” Dallas said. “This presentation will highlight areas that career counseling professionals should consider when working with veterans who have some degree of service-related impairment.”

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