Magazine article HRMagazine

Dispelling the Myths of PTSD

Magazine article HRMagazine

Dispelling the Myths of PTSD

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Employees with military training bring valuable skills to the workplace, but many employers are reluctant to hire veterans because of unfounded concerns about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Yet those who have hired veterans, members of the National Guard and reservists know that military experience builds many hard-to-recruit-for skills, especially critical soft skills such as teamwork, problem-solving and discipline, making veterans a good fit for many different jobs.

Much has been done to chip away at these perceptions in recent years, particularly through resources targeting businesses. "We recognize that not every employer has a full-time HR staff tasked with recruiting veterans," says Mika Cross, strategic communications director with the U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service. "That's why we offer free, one-onone assistance through veterans.gov and our national employer outreach team, who can help employers of all sizes translate military skills and connect with qualified veterans in local communities across the country."

PTSD is a condition that millions of U.S. workers, and not just veterans, manage effectively. As with other conditions, workplace accommodations like breaks and backup coverage are available for PTSD. …

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