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Vocational Rehabilitation: More VA and DOD Collaboration Needed to Expedite Services for Seriously Injured Servicemembers

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[Technical Report, Congressional Report]

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United States Government Accountability Office

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More than 10,000 U.S. military servicemembers, including National Guard and Reserve members, have been injured in the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Those with serious injuries are likely to be discharged from the military and return to civilian life with disabilities. The Department of Veterans Affairs VA offers vocational rehabilitation and employment VR and E services to help these injured servicemembers in their transition to civilian employment. GAO has noted that early intervention--the provision of rehabilitation services as soon as possible after the onset of a disability--is a practice that significantly facilitates the return to work. GAO examined how VA expedites VR and E services to seriously injured servicemembers and the challenges VA faces in its efforts to do so.


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  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations

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[A, Approved For Public Release]