Tennessee Valley Healthcare System spotlights stories of hope during Compensated Work Therapy Week

Oct 19, 2021 at 09:00 am by WGNS

Tennessee Valley Healthcare System kicks off Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) Week, Oct. 17 – 23, by sharing the inspirational stories of disabled Veterans who have obtained employment as participants in the facility’s CWT program.

In Murfreesboro, the Alvin C. York Campus of the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System has been helping local veterans since its construction in 1939. 

Locally, the Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) program at Tennessee Valley Healthcare System provides Veterans who have mental or physical disabilities with career opportunities.

“When Veterans enter our program, we help them develop vital job skills to secure local employment,” Connie Gallon, CWT manager said. “In the last year, we’ve had 181 Veterans go through our program, and 75 of them have found a job. During Compensated Work Therapy Week, we want the community to know what we do and spread awareness about the services we provide.”

Nationwide, VA employs more than 800 vocational rehabilitation counselors, specialists, managers, and peer support specialists in its CWT program. Because of the staff’s expertise, roughly 52,000 Veterans secure a job with community and government business partners annually.

Scroll down to listen to several interviews with local U.S. Veterans recorded by WGNS in the past...



Local U.S. Veterans talk about History and Life (by WGNS RADIO)

Listen to a few past interviews with local US Veterans by WGNS below:

- Jimmy Jones was wheelchair bound for years, but walked out of the VA (Recorded Aug. 2018

- Glenn H. King and WWII… But now, Teddy Bears in Murfreesboro (Recorded April 2018)

- The Vietnam War at age 18 and Medical Care at the Local VA (Recorded Aug. 2017

- Remembering our Veterans - The story of Ralph J. Gervasio, Jr. , US Navy (Recorded Nov. 2017)

- Veterans Day Tribute and Interviews with Scott Walker (Recorded Nov. 2017)

- Growing up during the Race Wars and Serving Our Country in the US Army (Recorded Oct. 2016)

- An Interview with Keith Rudlaff, a US Army Veteran - served in Vietnam at age 19 (Recorded 2014)



About the Alvin C. York VA Campus 

The Alvin C. York Campus of the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) provides primary care and subspecialty medical, surgical, and psychiatric services to veterans. The campus provides long-term rehabilitation and nursing home care, and serves as a VISN 9 resource for the long-term inpatient care of psychiatric patients. The medical center has a well established primary care program and provides subspecialty care in dermatology, gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, infectious diseases, neurology, pulmonology, nephrology, rheumatology, and sleep evaluation. TVHS is affiliated with the graduate medical education programs of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Meharry Medical College.

About the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System

TVHS is an integrated tertiary health care system comprised of two hospitals, the Alvin C. York campus in Murfreesboro and the Nashville campus, as well as 19 community-based outpatient clinics located in Tennessee and Kentucky. TVHS provides ambulatory care, primary care, and secondary care in acute medicine and surgery, specialized tertiary care, transplant services, spinal cord injury outpatient care, and a full range of extended care and mental health services.