Army Reserve Employer Awareness Program

Monday May 24, 2010

What is it?

The Army Reserve Employer Awareness Program is a task of the Army Campaign Plan for Health Promotion Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention. Directed by the Army Vice Chief of Staff, this program provides employers information on voluntary training and on-line resources to Army Reserve Soldiers diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and/or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD.) The program's goal is to increase employer awareness in identifying and referring high-risk Soldiers to Army health promotion, risk reduction, and suicide prevention (HPRRSP) programs and services.

What has the Army Reserve done?

As Soldiers return from deployment and transition from active duty to the civilian lives, some struggle to cope with the invisible wounds of war. Employers indicate that our Soldier's reintegration problem is not just a military problem and the Army Reserve listened. The Army Reserve has a duty to our Soldiers and families to provide the best possible care, support and services. This program offers Soldiers, families, civilians, and employers the tools to help Soldiers succeed on the job.

What does the Army Reserve have planned for the future?

The Department of Labor (DOL), in conjunction with the Army Reserve, implemented the America's Heroes at Work project. This comprehensive project offers fact sheets, reference guides, training modules, and a toll-free helpline. The partnership with DOL will prevent duplication of effort and increase the success of reaching all employers who employ Army Reserve Soldiers. The partnership will create and increase awareness of resources that assist employers with accommodations for returning Soldiers with TBI/PTSD. Soldiers and employers are encouraged to share success stories that will perhaps inspire other Soldiers and employers to seek help and get information.

Why is this important to the Army?

Employer support is a linchpin to the future success of the Army Reserve.

- Workplace accommodations for people with TBI and PTSD are usually inexpensive and simple to implement.
- Through mutually beneficial alliances with businesses that share our valuable human capital, we can strengthen Soldier-employees, families, employers and communities.
- Our Soldiers deserve to return to civilian life that respects their sacrifices and honors their right to live full, productive lives.

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