After becoming wounded, ill or injured, many Soldiers separate from the force, and the Army wants to ensure that this transition is as smooth as possible. Career and education play a significant role in each Veteran's reintegration to civilian life.
This section contains resources for disabled Veterans who qualify for the Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2). AW2 Veterans are Army Veterans who became wounded, ill or injured while on active duty after September 11, 2001, and have an Army disability rating of at least 30% for any one injury or at least 50% for any combination of combat-related injuries. If you think you may qualify for AW2, please call toll-free (877)393-9058.
Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) Career and Education Section
The AW2 Career and Education Section is available to support AW2 Veterans in their search for employment. Like an AW2 Advocate, AW2 Career Coordinators connect them with the resources available and applicable to their individual circumstances.
- Preparing for Employment: AW2 can provide career counseling for AW2 Veterans preparing for the next phase of their career and help them access resources.
- Education: Identifying traditional and non-traditional education options applicable for the individual Veteran's career goals
- Training: Identifying training opportunities to help the Veteran bridge the gap between military training and skills/certifications required for civilian positions
- Financial Resources: Identifying federal and private financial resources, such as the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill and private scholarships, to help AW2 Veterans pay for education and training programs
- Actively Seeking Employment: AW2 can connect AW2 Veterans with:
- AW2 Preferred Employers: Federal and private sector organizations that have current job openings and have agreed to expedite the hiring process for qualified AW2 Veterans
- Career Expos: AW2-sponsored regional conferences that offer wounded warriors and spouses:
- Opportunities to network with employers
- Training on job-seeking issues
- Career Workshops: Army and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs that provide the following services:
- Resume Writing Assistance
- Career Assessment
- Interviewing Skills
- Succeeding in Employment: Once an AW2 Veteran finds a job, AW2 Career Coordinators are available to educate both the Veteran and the employer on ways to help the Veteran succeed:
- Reasonable Accommodation: AW2 can provide information on accommodations for AW2 Veterans through the Job Accommodation Network , a resource provided by the Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy. Veterans working in the federal government can also receive support from the Computer Accommodations Program (CAP) , a Department of Defense program.
- Injury Education: AW2 can point the employer to educational resources about the Veteran's injury type
Additional Resources for All Disabled Veterans
The Disabled Veterans section of this website has more information on employment and education resources available to all disabled Veterans.
More Resources: Online Directories
- National Resource Directory (NRD) is a website for wounded, ill or injured servicemembers, Veterans, their Families, and those who support them. The NRD is a Congressionally-mandated partnership among the Departments of Defense, Labor, and Veterans Affairs, and it contains information from more than 10,000 resources that provide assistance to wounded warriors and their Families.
- Community Support Network is a group of organizations that work closely with the Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) to support severely wounded, ill or injured Soldiers, Veterans, and their Families. The Community Support Network also provides a list of additional online resources.