The Independence Project is a study to evaluate the effectiveness of an intensive employment intervention for young veterans with disabilities recently separated from the U.S. Armed Services. This randomized controlled trial compares an intensive employment model (National Career Coach Program) to usual community employment services (Local Community Resources Program) available to unemployed veterans recently separated from active duty. The primary outcomes are competitive employment and Veterans Disability Compensation (VDC) disability benefits.

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Period: 5/1/18 – 2/28/2024

Project Team

Gary Bond, Ph.D., Principal Investigator

Robert Drake, M.D., Ph.D., Co-Principal Investigator

Lori L. Davis, M.D.,  Co-Investigator (Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center)

Jackie Pogue, M.A., Project Coordinator

Matthew Landers, B.S., Research Assistant


Funding: The Laura and John Arnold Foundation