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Employment Rights for Veterans

Know Your Employment Rights: A Guide for Veterans

This 8-page booklet is the work of the Kentucky affiliate of the Southeast ADA Center

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Over the past decade, millions of veterans have returned from serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many have returned with disabilities. It is estimated that nearly 40,000 men and women veterans have a service-related disability. Disabilities include such things as the loss of limbs, spinal cord injuries, hearing and vision loss, severe burns, PTSD, and traumatic brain injury (TBI)

As a veteran with a disability, you are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA is a civil rights act, enacted in 1990, that guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities and rights to participate in life activities as any other citizen. There are ADA regulations governing employment, access to goods and services provided by businesses, equal access and participation in state and local government programs and services.

Who is Protected
The ADA has a broader definition of disability than the military. The ADA defines a person with a disability as:

  • An individual who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
    Major life activities include such things as:
  • Caring for one self
  • Performing manual tasks
  • Walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing
  • Learning
  • Concentrating, thinking
  • An individual who has a record of such impairment
  • An individual who is regarded, or treated by an employer, as having such an impairment

This does not include persons who abuse legal and illegal drugs and are not in a rehabilitation program, individuals who are homosexual and bisexual or individuals with certain behavior disorders.

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