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VetSuccess Vocational Services


Allwel’s Buffalo, NY office has partnered with Sterling Medical to provide vocational counseling under the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) VetSuccess program. The VetSuccess program offers disabled vets counseling, training, education and other services needed to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs.

If you are a veteran who has a VA disability rating and an employment handicap, you may be entitled to vocational rehabilitation & employment services under Chapter 31 of the GI Bill. These services include – but are not limited to – counseling, training, education, and job placement assistance.

Allwel will provide the vocational counseling and rehabilitation planning component of the program, in concert with Sterling Medical.

Vocational Rehabilitation Services include:

  1. Work readiness assistance counseling
  2. Job-seeking skills
  3. Résumé development
  4. Community education
  5. Outreach
  6. Linkage to appropriate community agencies

Learn more about VetSuccess

Contact our Lead Vocational Counselor

Allwel currently provides the VetSuccess counseling only at our Buffalo location. For information about eligibility and other available services, please visit the Veterans Affairs website.

Some of Our Team

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Chris Hall, MA CRC

Chris has been working with individuals with traumatic brain injury since 2000, and he has over 15 years of experience in human services. Chris has also gained extensive experience in vocational rehabilitation services while at Niagara Frontier Vocational Rehabilitation Center in Buffalo, NY, as well as Beth Israel Medical Center and NADAP, both, in New York City. Chris’ passion lies in assisting individuals with disabilities in their efforts to build and maintain their maximum level of independence.

Lead Vocational Counselor
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Nicholette Thomas, MS CRC CASAC-T

Nicholette joined the WNY Allwel team in March of 2015, originally starting as a Service Coordinator for the TBI Waiver. In September of the same year, she transitioned into a position within the VetSuccess program. Nicholette’s role is completing Independent Living Skills Assessments and Case Management to Veterans all over New York State, as well as providing vocational counseling. This is a very fulfilling part of Nicholette’s work, and makes the long drives all around New York worth it. Nicholette is a native born Buffalonian and attended, both, undergraduate and graduate school at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Vocational Counselor

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