As Vermont and other states send significant numbers of Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve personnel to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it becomes increasingly more important that State and Federal Vocational Rehabilitation Programs work closely together to meet the needs of new and current veterans with disabilities.
Since 2009, ten VocRehab Vermont counselors from nearly every district office in the state meet quarterly with the VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) counselors who serve Vermont veterans with disabilities at the VA Hospital in White River Junction. Through these meetings we collaborate on shared cases, learn from each other and discuss referrals. We have brought in guest speakers on Vermont veterans’ services from a newly established transitional housing program in Northfield and a psychologist from the Veteran’s Center in White River Junction.
As a result of this networking, one of the VR&E counselors has established regular days to meet with Vermont veterans in State VocRehab offices in the northern part of the state with plans to include the southern part of Vermont. This is a valuable relationship between both VocRehab and VR&E programs that serves the needs of Vermont veterans with disabilities in the best and most effective ways possible.