A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
There are other opportunities beside employment for both Veterans and injured Service Members. These programs are designed to aid in transition from the military into the civilian workforce. These opportunities can be in the form of internships, On-the-Job Training (OJT) and Vocational Rehabilitation programs. The non-paid opportunities allow Veterans and injured Service Members to gain valuable work experience and build skills for the civilian workforce.
At the forefront of the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (VR&E) sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs is the "Coming Home to Work" initiative: The VR&E primary early intervention and outreach program. As part of the "Coming Home to Work" initiative, the VR&E is a program that assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. A part of this program the Veteran-participants will received individualized rehabilitation programs based on the evaluation of interests, abilities and skills. They also provide employment services that include, resume writing, job-seeking, and work readiness training. Beside employment services, the Vocational rehabilitation and Employment Program by the Department of Veterans Affairs also aids in accommodation, education and independent living services for Veterans who are severely injured and unable to work. The website for the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program provides additional information about eligibility and process of this program.
Operation Warfighter is a program sponsored by the Department of Defense that offers temporary military detail assignments for recuperating Service Members to engage in meaningful vocational opportunities. These opportunities are in the form of internships that last a few months with working about 15-20 hours each week. The Operation Warfighter program positively affects the recuperation process and aids in gaining valuable work experience. For more information about Operation Warfighter, please download the informational brochure for more detail.