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Take Action: Ask Your Members of Congress to Increase Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities
Nearly a third (29.6 percent, 3.5 million) of the 12 million working-age veterans report having a disability: 12.4 percent with a service-connected disability; 10.5 percent with non-service-connected disabilities only; and 6.7 percent reporting both service-connected and non-service-connected disabilities.  Despite employment protections provided under the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability employment rights laws, the labor force participation rate among people with significant disabilities remains at roughly 30 percent, while that for people without disabilities is approximately 70 percent. Only about a third of veterans who report both a service-connected and a non-service-connected disability (32 percent) and 37 percent of those reporting only a non-service-connected disability are employed, compared with over three-quarters of veterans without disabilities.

Although the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), provides vocational rehabilitation for veterans with service-connected disabilities, many of these veterans, as well as non-service-connected disabled veterans, also rely on the same employment programs and systems available to assist non-veterans with disabilities. They will face many of the same employment challenges in the years ahead as the country emerges from the pandemic.

PVA Position:

  • Congress must pass the "Disability Employment Incentive Act," S. 630, which would enhance the current Work Opportunity Tax Credit available to employers by raising the amount of salary eligible for the credit, raising the maximum available tax credit, and extending the availability of the credit for any business that retains an employee for a second year of employment.

 

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