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Register Now! National WISE Webinar November 19, 2014

National Work Incentives Seminar Event (WISE) Webinar: Ticket to Work for America's Veterans: Free Services for Those Who Served

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 3:00 PM, EST 

In November, we honor America’s Veterans. Many veterans with disabilities face challenges reintegrating into society and finding a good job or restarting a career interrupted by their service. The Ticket to Work program can help veterans age 18 through 64 who receive Social Security disability benefits (SSDI and/or SSI) make progress on the path to financial independence.

The November 19 national WISE webinar will present information about special Social Security programs and rules that may apply to you! Disability benefits experts will teach you about:

  • Ticket to Work and Work Incentives for America’s Veterans
  • Employment Supports for Veterans with Disabilities
  • Additional Resources for Veterans with Disabilities

Register online at www.choosework.net/wise or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).

Image of Ticket to Work Facebook Question & Answer logoImmediately following this webinar, log on for our Facebook Question and Answer Session: http://www.facebook.com/choosework and receive expert answers to your questions about Ticket to Work, Social Security work incentives, and your employment options.

You will receive a registration confirmation message with instructions on how to log in to the webinar. Please be sure to check your spam folder. Registration information will also be available online the day of the webinar. 


Email us at support@choosework.net or call 1-866-968-7842 (V) or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).


Honoring Our Nation's Heroes

During the month of November, we take time to honor veterans. Earlier this year, the Ticket to Work program provided an information series for Veterans about helping overcome financial, employment and health challenges after completing service. In case you missed them, we’ve listed links to the informational series below:


  • Post-traumatic stress (PTSD) – Learn more about the signs and symptoms of this disorder. Also, find support and resources for Veterans and people who suffer from PTSD.

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Ticket Talk Podcasts

  • Catching up with Robert Statam – Meet Robert, a veteran who successfully used his Ticket to Work to improve his quality of life.
  • Army Major Jeff Hall Overcomes PTSD – Hear Major Hall’s story about two deployments and their impact on his mental health and  career. Learn about how he regained his wellness and overcame PTSD.


Start Your Job Search Today at a Career Fair!

Throughout the month, in-person and virtual career fairs are taking place around the country. If you are looking for work, a career fair gives you an opportunity to get connected with employers who are currently hiring and talk directly with their recruiters. Additionally, virtual career fairs offer a unique opportunity for you to engage in real time from the comfort of your own home with employers who are ready to hire!

Below is a list of fairs occurring in November. Register today! 

Veteran Recruiting (Virtual)

Veteran Recruiting is dedicated to serving the military community, including those with disabilities, by providing access to industry-leading employers through virtual career fairs and live video interviewing services. This event is exclusively for active, guard/reservists, veterans and military spouses. You will connect with potential employers to explore a wide range of jobs available to you. Research employers, visit employer booths, chat with recruiters, and browse available jobs…all from your home computer!

Hiring our Heroes for Veterans (In-person)

Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, helps veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment. Hiring Our Heroes has hosted more than 560 hiring fairs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Through March 31, 2013, 20,200 veterans and military spouses had obtained jobs.

Ticket Talk Podcast: Army Major Jeff Hall Overcomes PTSD

Closing out our recent focus on issues related to veterans with disabilities, our latest Ticket Talk podcast episode focuses on PTSD. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can develop after extreme emotional trauma.  It’s normal to feel sad, anxious, or frightened after a traumatic event, but for people experiencing PTSD, the symptoms may be disruptive to daily life and persist for months or even years. The disorder has received increased attention in recent years, with up to 20% of returning combat warriors of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars experiencing symptoms.

We spoke with Army Major Jeff Hall. Major Hall, a combat veteran who served in Baghdad and is a spokesperson for the Department of Defense’s Real Warriors Campaign. Real Warriors is a public awareness campaign created to encourage service members, veterans and military families coping with invisible wounds to seek assistance. To learn more about the Real Warriors Campaign visit www.realwarriors.net.

Major Hall talked to us about how two deployments affected his mental health and career, and how he regained his wellness. “The best advice I can give is to not hide it. The best thing you can do is talk to your family, talk to friends and talk to people that might have like experiences and reach out to other Veterans from other wars. I have found it incredible reaching out to others. ”

Listen to this podcast or read the transcript here.


June is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month

It’s normal to feel stressed, frightened or sad after a traumatic experience. For some people, these feelings will fade with time and recovery. However individuals who continue to experience overwhelming anxiety, sadness or fear due to the trauma may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

What is PTSD?

PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can develop after extreme emotional trauma.  Examples of experiences that might cause PTSD are war, physical or sexual abuse, natural disasters, violent crime, terrorist attacks or the sudden death of a loved one. PTSD has received increased attention in recent years, with up to 20% of returning combat warfighters of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars experiencing symptoms, though any overwhelming catastrophic event can trigger PTSD, especially if the event felt unpredictable or unstoppable.

Signs and Symptoms


Money Mondays: Entrepreneurship as a Veteran

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It’s no secret that being in the military taught you valuable skills. However, you may not have considered some of the civilian-life applications for those skills. One way to use the skills you developed during your military career is becoming an entrepreneur, or starting your own business. Entrepreneurship is a way to both be your own boss and become financially independent. According to the Small Business Administration, over 14% of all small businesses in America are started by veterans. In fact, veterans are twice as likely to start a small business as non-veterans. Many skills that you learned in the military are also relevant to successful small business owners. These include:

  • Strategic Outlook: Your service probably taught you to identify problems and solve them quickly. Products or services that solve problems can be big sellers.
  • Organizational Skills: Organization is a fundamental element of military service. Owning your own business means managing deadlines, budgets, product development, sales, customer relations and much more. Being organized will help you keep on top of it all.
  • Risk-Tolerance: Starting a small business can be a risk. It can take months or years to turn a profit, even after investing your time and money into a business. Until then, you’ve still got to pay your bills and market your product. Time in the service equipped you perform in high-pressure situations, which will help you tolerate the risk inherent in unknown profit expectations.


Join the June 21 Twitter Chat #DEChat For Veterans with Disabilities: A Conversation with Paralyzed Veterans of America

Twitter chat You are invited to join our upcoming live Twitter chat on June 21, 2013, at 12 p.m. EST, when we’ll be talking about employment services for veterans with disabilities with Paralyzed Veterans of America.

If you have questions, we invite you to join and participate in the conversation! Here are the event details:

  • Topic: For Veterans with Disabilities: A Conversation with Paralyzed Veterans of America
  • Hashtag: #DEChat
  • Date: Friday, June 21, 2013, 12:00 p.m. EST
  • Instructions: Sign in to Twitter and follow us @chooseworkssa or @PVA1946 and participate by using hashtag #DEChat in your posts. It promises to  be an engaging and informative discussion. You can also follow the discussion in our TweetChat room.


Money Mondays: For Veterans: Managing Your Money After Your Military Career

In the month of June, we will be featuring special content relevant to America’s veterans with disabilities.

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Returning to the workforce after active duty can be stressful, both emotionally and financially for many veterans- with or without disabilities. One of the best ways to decrease the anxiety associated with this transition is by carefully managing your finances. There are a variety of resources available for veterans who are searching for money management tools and we’ve listed several below. But first, here are a few tips for achieving personal financial success.

  • Keep specific goals in mind- Write down what you want to accomplish financially and try to stick with it. If you keep your eye on becoming financially independent, achieving your goals becomes a lot easier.


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