Butler VA Health Care System
Each Day is Another Opportunity
Wednesday, November 14, 2018George Leidhecker V served 12 years in the U.S. Army, and has been coming to VA Butler since 2015. He resides in the Transitional Residence (TR) House on VA Butler’s campus and participates in the Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) program. He currently works at W D Wright Contracting, Inc. thanks to a new partnership established with VA Butler’s Vocational Rehabilitation Department.
“With the CWT program, I am able to focus not only on scheduling appointments, but also recovery-based activities,” said George. “I needed a lot of help organizing my life to be successful, and each day is another opportunity to become a little better.”
Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) is a clinical vocational rehabilitation program offered at VA Butler. The program’s aim is to provide Veterans an opportunity to gain valuable long-term employment skills and also give them the resources they need for a hopeful future.
With CWT, George has held several positions, including a few at VA Butler. He also participated in a pre-apprenticeship program through a partnership with Penn United learning the needed skills for a modern machinist shop. George currently works at W D Wright doing traffic control operations. The W D Wright partnership with VA Butler was newly established this year. The company trains and certifies Veterans as “Flaggers.” Currently, two local Veterans work in this role through the CWT program.
“CWT for me has been very supportive of me and my goals, never pushing too much but also staying firm to help show me the path forward. I hope I have done well by the program as well as been a good example to my peers who might follow my lead,” said George.
George plans to continue with his role at W D Wright. He also hopes to pursue a machinist job in the future. His next big step is to own a car so that he can get to and from any job he chooses.
“Fellow Veterans, if you need job skills or are having trouble with keeping a job, ask about CWT. While you stay gainfully employed they will work with you and give you a good reference for your next potential job.”
Veterans interested in CWT should talk to their VA Butler health care team, or contact VA Butler’s Vocational Rehabilitation Department at 878-271-6170.