The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University and Griffin-Hammis Associates have prepared a guidebook for veterans with disabilities on navigating government benefits and employment.
It is intended to be a resource for veterans and family members as they navigate the complex interaction between government benefits and employment or self-employment. The guidebook focuses on government benefit programs that veterans access most frequently, including programs administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Social Security Administration (SSA), Department of Defense (DoD), and State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) programs. The primary focus of the guidebook is on the impact that work income can have on factors such as initial eligibility, ongoing eligibility, and cash benefit amounts. Additionally, the employment-related opportunities available through some of these programs such as career exploration, funding for education or training, and funding for small business start-ups are detailed. The guidebook is divided into four sections: Cash Benefits, Healthcare, Employment Services and Supports, and Resources. Each section details the key government programs along with their eligibility requirements, financial supports, and services. All sections conclude with examples, tips, and strategies to support an individualized approach to benefits planning and coordination.