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Success Stories - Compensated Work Therapy

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The main objective of the CWT program is the personal enhancement of participating Veterans. We strive to provide an effective and efficient solution for each stakeholder and in doing so, we have developed a history of success for Veterans and organizations. We would like to share some of these real stories of achievement with you. Note: If you need the Microsoft Word Viewer for Windows to read the full success stories listed below, go to the VA's Viewer Software page.

Supported Employment Program
A story about a Veteran who found recovery from Schizophrenia and the Supported Employment Program Team. The Evidenced-Based Supported Employment Program offers "recovery from serious mental illness through rapid engagement and hope for a return to meaningful work."
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Straight From the Heart
A heartwarming story about a homeless Veteran who found not only a job but so much more. This is a story about a special Veteran who participated in the CWT program. He found an unexpected welcome from the community and from the VA "brotherhood".
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My Way Back
"Everybody has dreams and goals, and I'm trying to find my way back," he said. He is an Army Veteran and has always dreamed of opening his own vehicle detail shop. He encountered a few bumps along the way, but now believes he is back on track.
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The Great Restorer
Fifty-one years old, donning glasses, a tie, a business shirt and slacks, he will take the stage again tomorrow with his electric guitar. That guitar was at the top of the Veteran's inventory list - the list of things that are, as he says, "going right in my life," what he's thankful for, and what has been brought back into his life by sobriety.
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Heart of Anchorage
CWT at the Alaska VA Healthcare System and Regional office was nominated, along with Assets, Inc. (a local community agency working with disabled citizens), for a "Heart of Anchorage" award in the "Outstanding Community Service" category for their collaborative efforts with Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. The Heart of Anchorage Awards recognize individuals, organizations and businesses, who invested their time and energy into making Downtown Anchorage a better place to live, work, play and learn.
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