Veterans Health Administration
Information for Employers - Compensated Work Therapy
The Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) program provides a cost-effective means of achieving your company's goals of managing labor costs and improving service delivery, while maintaining high quality standards. CWT is a national vocational rehabilitation program that assists Veterans return to competitive employment; making a living wage and building their self-esteem while contributing to the community.
Using a business model, CWT program staff specialize in working with facility management, human resource, and/or production personnel to address labor force deficits. If your company is searching for prescreened workers to address staffing shortfalls, please contact Donna Tasker, National CWT Marketing Director.
1. Additional Workforce:
- Readily available competitive, skilled labor for short term and permanent positions.
- Veteran workers are pre-screened and matched to the specific job requirement.
- CWT workers may be hired directly or you may want to utilize workers through CWT Transitional Work. There is little risk for the company working with the CWT Transitional Work program. The employer/employee relationship is non-existent, and there is no mandated obligation to hire the Veteran. However, Veterans typically demonstrate their value to the participating company which often results in permanent hires.
- Transitional Work provides the company with the opportunity of an extended job interview for each Transitional Work Veteran.
2. Reduce Overhead Costs:
- With the CWT Transitional Work program there are none of the standard employee costs like health care, workers compensation insurance, vacation and sick time, FICA, and job vacancy advertising.
- Training and employee assistance are provided at no cost to the company.
- Comprehensive medical costs are covered by the VA.
- CWT vocational staff refer Veterans for direct hire whose skills and interests are aligned with the duties and needs of the company. Additional employment assistance may be provided by a CWT staff to the Veteran and/or to the employer following the hiring of a Veteran, as requested.
The CWT Veteran labor force is available to help meet peak or unexpected workload demands at most locations across the country. Review the CWT Locations page to find site specifics or please contact Donna Tasker, National CWT Marketing Director.
Top Ten Reasons to Hire Veterans:
1. Ability to learn new skills and concepts. While in the military, Service Members undergo rigorous training programs to become experts in a wide-range of skills and concepts that can easily be transferred to a civilian work environment. The skills Service Members have learned and applied in real-world situations in the military make them ideal candidates to enhance your organization's productivity.
2. Strong leadership qualities. The military trains Service Members to lead by example as well as through direction, delegation, motivation and inspiration in some of the toughest situations imaginable. Service Members are not only well schooled in the academic theory of leadership; they also understand and have used practical ways to manage behaviors for results.
3. Flexibility to work strongly in teams or work independently. Military training teaches Service Members to work as a team by instilling a sense of a responsibility to one's colleagues. In addition, the size and scope of military operations necessitates that Service Members understand how groups of all sizes relate to each other and support the overarching objective. While military duties stress teamwork and group productivity, they also build individuals who can perform independently at a very high level.
4. Diversity and strong interpersonal skills. Service Members have learned to work side by side with individuals regardless of race, gender, religion, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, economic status, and geographic origins as well as mental, physical and attitudinal capabilities. Many Service Members have also been deployed or stationed in numerous foreign countries that give them a greater appreciation for the diverse nature of our globalized economy.
5. Ability to work efficiently and diligently in a fast-paced environment. Service Members have developed the capacity and time-management skills needed to know how to accomplish tasks correctly and on time, despite limited resources and immense pressure.
6. Respect for procedures and accountability. Service Members know how policies and procedures enable an organization to be successful and they easily understand their place within an organizational framework. Service Members understand the responsibility that comes with being responsible for the actions of subordinates and they understand how to properly elevate issues through the proper supervisory channels.
7. Hands on experience with technology and globalization. Today's military uses the cutting-edge technology to maintain our dominance over the enemy in the battlefield. From communications technology to the security of computer networks and hardware, Service Members must stay aware of emerging technologies in the public and private sector.
8. Strong personal integrity. Military training demands that individuals not only abide by a strong Code of Ethics, but that they live it each and every day. Military personnel are often trusted with security clearances that give them access to highly sensitive information. An employee with a proven track record of trustworthiness is often an asset to an organization.
9. Strong sense of health, safety and property standards. Service Members are aware of health and safety protocols both for themselves and the welfare of others. Individually, they represent a drug-free workforce that is cognizant of maintaining personal health and fitness. On a company level, their attentiveness and care translate into respect for employees, property and materials.
10. Triumph over adversity. In addition to dealing positively with the typical issues of personal maturity, Service Members have frequently triumphed over great adversity. Service Members have proven their mettle in mission critical situations demanding endurance, stamina and flexibility. In the case of wounded warriors, they have overcome disabilities and/or acquired injuries (including invisible injuries) through strength, determination and personal conviction.
*US Dept. of Labor