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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.

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