Feeling Ready For Work? This Could Be Your Year
North American Precis Syndicate
Despite his injuries, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force found a new career, thanks to Social Security’s Ticket to Work program. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—Whether you’re looking for a job for the first time or
trying to return to the workforce, you don’t have to do it alone.
Thanks to Social Security’s Ticket to Work (Ticket) program, people
ages 18 through 64 who receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can receive free services and supports
through service providers like Employment Networks (EN) and State Vocational
Rehabilitation (VR) agencies. For 20 years, the Ticket program has provided
the support people need on their paths to employment and empowerment.
Angel is one of those people.
The Ticket program helped Angel after injuries to his neck and back
derailed his career in the U.S. Air Force. Once he had taken the time to
heal, Angel knew he wanted to work but wasn’t sure how his disabilities
would affect his options.
“I was a young man with a family to support,” Angel says.
“… and I was not ready to give up on the workforce.”
When Angel learned about a job opportunity with a federal contractor, he
thought that his disability would prevent him from being a viable job
candidate. But then, Angel learned about programs, resources and guidelines
that could help him. First, he learned about Section 503 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Under Section 503, companies that do business
with the federal government take affirmative action to recruit, hire, retain
and promote individuals with disabilities. Angel also connected with a Ticket
program EN that offered the services and support he needed for a fresh start.
His EN helped him find the confidence he needed to pursue the job. Working
with a Benefits Counselor at the EN, Angel learned about Social Security Work
Incentives that applied to him and, once Angel started working, his EN helped
him request reasonable accommodations to help him in his new job working on a
federal contract for the U.S. Department of Defense. Angel is happy to be
working again with military peers, earning income to support his family.
“In the Air Force, your wingman is by your side as you face
uncertainty,” he reflects. “…[like
a wingman] the Ticket program is by my side, and I’m grateful for that
as I look ahead.”
Ticket to Work helped Angel find his path to a better future. Find yours!
To learn more, call the Ticket to Work Help Line at (866) 968-7842 or (866)
833-2967 (TTY). Or visit https://choosework.ssa.gov/.
“Social Security’s Ticket
to Work program gives people ages 18 through 64 who
get Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income free
career-building services and supports. http://bit.ly/2LVIDQ4”
On the Net:North American Precis Syndicate, Inc.(NAPSI)