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Institute for Career Development Launches Vets for Employment Program

New York, NY, September 11, 2015 --( The Institute for Career Development (ICD) a leading non-profit provider of workforce development services for New Yorkers with disabilities, has launched a new initiative, Vets for Employment. The program offers collaborative career counseling and employment supports for veterans with service-related disabilities in the New York metropolitan area.

ICD developed Vets for Employment in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs NY Regional Office, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Division, and community organizations dedicated to assisting servicemen and women returning with service-related disabilities. The free customized process begins with a one-on-one consultation to explore each veteran’s military and civilian experiences. ICD then works with veterans to transform military resumes into professional resumes and develop cover letters. Their counselors advise on the job search process, including how to network, research for relevant job opportunities, follow-up with potential employers, prepare for an interview, and what to do when a job offer is made. ICD also offers job retention support as needed. To date, veterans have been placed in jobs in businesses, hospitals, non-profit human services and health organizations, and government.

As a leading provider in vocational rehabilitation and job placement services, ICD has helped many thousands of individuals obtain competitive employment since 1917 when it was founded to help wounded veterans of World War I re-enter the workforce. The Vets for Employment Program continues to fulfill this founding mission, especially critical now that so many veterans are returning from the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and need help making a successful transition to civilian life. The new program utilizes the agency’s unique staff who have distinctive competency in workforce development for people with a range of disabilities, experience working with veterans, and a proven success rate of placing candidates in jobs.

Describing his recent experience with ICD, one veteran said: “When I returned from Iraq I wasn’t sure what I could do. ICD helped me find a job and launch my career as a surgical nurse. I would recommend this agency for any veteran looking to find a good job in the city!”

“A career transition for veterans with service-related disabilities is a uniquely difficult challenge that requires a truly comprehensive approach. The breadth of ICD’s experience positions the organization to significantly impact a veteran’s job search strategies, opportunities for work, and potential for success,” said Dr. Les Halpert, President and CEO.

To learn more about ICD and its career support for veterans and its other vocational programs, please visit:, or call Les Halpert at 212-585-6009.
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