Cheyenne VA Medical Center
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Employment is closely related to our physical and mental health. Losing a job, either by being laid off or getting terminated, is associated with elevated rates of anxiety and depression, as well as an increased risk of suicide. Working in a job that is overly stressful or involves an unhealthy workplace also has a destructive impact on physical and mental health as well.
Benefits of Employment
Risks of Unemployment or Working in an Unhealthy Work Environment
Sense of Meaning
Sense of Contributing to your
Family and the Community
Social Contact / Friends
Structures your Day
Physical Activity / Exercise
Helps you Cope with Mental
|Poor Physical Health
Poor Mental Health
Risk of Suicide
higher use of Alcohol
Higher use of Tobacco
Stress on your Family Members
Shorter Life Span
For some Veterans, trouble at work is a sign that they should seek broader mental health support:
For other Veterans, unemployment is a time to seek vocational services. Many spend years trying to find a valuable job themselves and don’t realize there are services that can help them. The Vocational Rehabilitation Services at the Cheyenne VA Healthcare System provides several important services that may be of help to you:
The Transitional Work / Compensated Work Therapy (TW / CWT) provides participants with a temporary work and support while they pursue return to a competitive job in the community. work restoration services in actual work settings. CWT TW participants are screened by vocational rehabilitation staff, and matched to a work assignment for a limited time as deemed clinically appropriate. Work may be provided in the community, or with the local VA office. Work assignments include any of a wide variety of settings; housekeeping and kitchen aid, etc. Payment for work performed is based on an hourly wage. While they are working, Veterans meet with the TW staff person to help them prepare for the move to a desirable competitive job in the community.
CWT programs strive to maintain highly responsive long-term quality relationships with business, government agencies, and industry promoting employment opportunities for Veterans with physical and mental health challenges.
Our CWT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF International is an independent accrediting body of health and human service providers. CARF accreditation confirms that CWT programs are committed to continuous quality improvement, accountability for its performance through outcomes evidence, and monitoring the satisfaction of the persons served.
Be sure to check out CWT Success Stories.
Supported Employment (SE) is a service designed to help Veterans move directly to their own job in the community. SE has been well researched and has been found to be more effective at returning participants to full employment than any other type of vocational service. It was initially offered to help Veterans with a Serious Mental Illness but is available to other Veterans who may benefit. The Supported Employment Case Worker performs as a job coach offering assistance to those who qualify in finding and maintaining employment in the community. This may include part-time or full-time employment depending on the individual's needs and preferences. Veterans will be briefed on the effects of employment on other benefits.
The Veterans Employment and Vocational Services Information Line is a service designed to quickly provide Veterans with information and referral to a wide range of resources to help them improve their work life. It is useful for Veterans moving back to employment, changing jobs, or just trying to do better in a job or career of their choice. Veterans and/or family members can call this information line any Tuesday or Thursday between 9:15 and 10:15 Mountain Standard Time. Call 1-800-767-1750, and when prompted, type 00557#.
Our professional Vocational Rehabilitation staff provide:
- Evidence-based and evidence-informed vocational rehabilitation services
- Partnerships with business, industry and government agencies to provide Veteran candidates for employment and Veteran labor
- Employment supports to Veterans and employers
For more information, call:
Steve Burczyk: 307-256-2230
Daniel Blackman: 307-214-3610
- Cheyenne VA Healthcare System
Hours of Operation
- M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.