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Dear Sgt Shaft:

I am writing to alert you to a free, confidential source of guidance on disability employment issues available to your members or constituents — the Job Accommodation Network (JAN).

JAN is the leading source of information on workplace accommodations and the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) and related legislation. JAN’s customers include employers of all sizes, from Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurs, and its services are particularly valuable to small businesses without a dedicated in-house human resource function or facility manager. JAN offers assistance via phone or online.

We hope you will help us spread the word about JAN by:

• Posting a link to JAN’s website,, on your organization’s website.

• Featuring JAN in your publication. A quick and easy way to do this is to use one of JAN’s drop-in articles. Alternatively, or in addition, you could send an e-blast about JAN to your members or constituents.

JAN is a service of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

Thank you, and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Kathy Brannigan

Dear Kathy:

Thanks for the update. I urge all employers to utilize information supplied by your program. A disabled veteran is a too valuable a resource to waste.


Shaft notes

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Health recently held a field hearing to highlight the benefits of recreation therapy as a means to rehabilitate disabled veterans and restore them to optimal levels of functioning and independence.

The hearing was held in New Port Richey, Fla., in the state’s 9th Congressional District, which is represented by Rep. Gus Bilirakis, a subcommittee member. Mr. Bilirakis was joined by Rep. Jeff Miller, a Veterans Committee colleague and fellow Floridian who represents the state’s 1st Congressional District in the western Panhandle.

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