Work Restoration Programs


VA provides vocational assistance and therapeutic work opportunities through several programs for veterans receiving VA health care.  Each program offers treatment and rehabilitation services to help veteran live and work in their communities.



Incentive Therapy is a pre-vocational program available at 70 VA Medical Centers and frequently serves as a mainstay for seriously disabled veterans for whom employment is not considered viable in the foreseeable future.  Participants receive a token payment for service provided.



Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) is a vocational program available at 141 VA Medical Centers.  Veterans receive an individualized vocational assessment, rehabilitation planning and work experience with the goal of job placement in the community.  The program works closely with community-based organizations, employers and state and federal agencies to establish transitional work experiences, supported employment opportunities, direct job placement and supportive follow-up services.