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Employment opportunities in the healthcare industry are discussed at a Job Fair hosted by the Robley Rex VAMC Compensated Work Therapy program.

Employment opportunities in the healthcare industry are discussed at a Job Fair hosted by the Robley Rex VAMC Compensated Work Therapy program in downtown Louisville September 18. Over 25 employers were represented at the event from industries including healthcare, manufacturing, hospitality, and the VA.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Veterans find jobs and empowerment at a Job Fair Hosted by the Robley Rex VAMC CWT Program

Over 25 employers from throughout the Louisville area are going the extra mile to hire Veterans by participating in a Job Fair hosted by the Robley Rex VA Medical Center (VAMC) Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) program.  The job fair, held in downtown Louisville September 18 at Hotel Louisville, featured employers from several industries, such as transportation, healthcare, hospitality, and manufacturing. Veterans had the opportunity to fill out and turn in applications on the spot, with some even securing interviews with perspective employers that day.  Robley Rex VAMC Work Therapy & Peer Support Services Program Coordinator Stacy Norris says she’s proud of the support she saw Veterans receive from employers, and that empowerment from the community is what makes this day, and the CWT program a success.

“The CWT program mission is to provide realistic and meaningful vocational opportunities to Veterans; encouraging successful reintegration into the community at the Veterans' highest functional level. To achieve this mission CWT staff endeavors to match an individual Veteran's vocational strength and area of interest to work and employment opportunities with local businesses and industry,” Norris says.

CWT is a VA program which provides employment services to eligible Veterans, and has been available through the Robley Rex VAMC since 2004.  Norris says Veterans can ask for assistance from CWT simply by asking their primary care of mental health provider for a referral.

“Nearly 750,000 Veterans under age 50 are not in the labor force due to various disabilities, and CWT recognizes that employment can be an important personal goal and a meaningful part of mental health recovery,” she says.  “In our program, we often use the following quote from renowned researcher and Dartmouth Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Robert Drake, which outlines how important work can be in a person’s life:  If given a choice between work and idleness, people will almost always choose work. Regardless of our station in life, the conditions of our bodies and minds, or the amount of money in our bank accounts, the need to work remains one of our strongest drives. Work is central to our lives, and such, gives a large measure of structure to our days. Common sense tells us that we feel better about ourselves when we are working regularly.”’

One hundred sixty six Veterans participated in the CWT Job Fair.  To see pictures from the event, please check out our Flickr Album titled CWT Job Fair September 2014 .  For more information about the Robley Rex VAMC CWT program, contact Norris at 502-287-4230.

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