I am honored to be the new Executive Director of Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC), a national cross-disability civil rights organization whose mission is to champion the rights of people with disabilities through education, advocacy, and litigation. DRLC encompasses a wide range of practice areas serving people with all types of disabilities, including people affected by cancer and HIV/AIDS.
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Veterans with Disabilities
Each year, thousands of military personnel stationed around the world leave active duty and return to jobs they held before entering the service, or begin the search for new jobs. Recent veterans report high rates of service-connected disabilities (i.e., disabilities that were incurred in, or aggravated during, military service). About twenty-five percent of recent veterans report having a service-connected disability, as compared to about thirteen percent of all veterans. Common injuries incurred by these veterans include missing limbs, burns, spinal cord injuries, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), hearing loss, traumatic brain injuries, and other impairments. Although DRLC does not help veterans with benefits claims, our Community Advocacy Program will direct veterans who call our intake line with local referrals.