Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) Veterans have been successfully employed over the years in various competitive positions including, but not limited to, health care, information technology, manufacturing, warehousing, construction trades, clerical and office support, retail and the services delivery. CWT programs develop an individual rehabilitation plan for each Veteran. We provide a wide range of support services to the Veteran at the CWT locations. VA benefits including service-connected compensation, and non-service connected pensions cannot be reduced, denied, or discontinued based on participation in CWT.
The Transitional Work (TW) is a pre-employment vocational assessment program that operates in the VA medical center and local community businesses. TW participants are screened by vocational rehabilitation staff, assessed and matched to a work assignment for a limited time as deemed clinically appropriate. TW work assignments are supervised by work site staff, and impose the same job expectations as are experienced by non-CWT workers in the organization or company.
Every TW participant has an Individual Treatment or Service Plan and is vocationally case managed by a VA Vocational Specialist. Each participating Veteran must be referred by order from someone privileged in the VA medical center for vocational services, and may have a mental or physical impairment, including Veterans who are homeless, and/or diagnosed with substance abuse or PTSD. Veterans participating in TW are not considered employees of the VA or participating company, and receive no traditional employee benefits. Payments received by participating TW Veterans are tax exempt. There are no direct government entitlements that subsidize the Veteran's earnings in TW programs.