Story by Nicole Murphy.
The Levittown Community Council gathered Monday evening at Levittown
Memorial High School to discuss the upcoming holiday season and host a
presentation on veteran's benefits.
counselor from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs joined
Community Council to offer insight on the Vocational Rehabilitation
Program, offered through the Veterans Benefits Administration.
a program designed to take service connected disabled veterans who have
an employment handicap and get them back into the world of work or
stabilize their jobs," said the counselor. "We have a lot of veterans coming in
duties are killing them. If they had another degree, maybe they'd get a
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"You have to be a service connected disabled veteran, either 20 percent
with an employment handicap or 10 percent with a severe employment
handicap," he added. "The severe employment handicap does not have to be service
connected. There could be other issues, like getting hurt outside the
military or problems like a substance abuse issue."
is based upon the veteran's interests, aptitude and abilities with hopes
of matching each individual's personality with a fitting career path.Follow Levittown Patch on Facebook.
come into our office and we give them an interest inventory, a math
test and a reading test, and a general knowledge test," the
representative explained. "It takes about four hours and then we score
the test and write a report. We sit down with the veteran after and see
how they did and where their interests lie."
The representative was working in the law enforcement field when he
realized his age and physical capabilities were putting a strain on his
performance. He said the fact that he could turn to the Department of
Veterans Affairs changed his life for the better and he would encourage
any veteran, disabled or not, to do the same.
"There are so many
aspects of Veterans Affairs. Years ago it
was just Veterans Administration, but now it's three different
organizations. There's the Veterans Hospital Administration, the
Veterans Benefits Administration where I work and the Veterans
Cemeteries. There are medical benefits that all veterans are entitled
to, and if more veterans are registered in the area, the Veterans
hospital will receive more money."
The Levittown Community Council will be holding a Holiday Get Together on Monday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m. at the Porto Fino Restaurant, located at 3355 Hempstead Tpke. in Levittown.
The cost to attend is $25 per person, and includes a full dinner. Space is limited, so please RSVP by Dec. 5, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 516 796-3392. Editor's Note: The subject of the story wished to remain nameless.
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