Our Mission: Back to Work, Back to Life.

Traci VanSant, Webinar Host

Traci VanSant, Volunteer Webinar Host

Traci Vansant, Webinar Host

Traci Vansant, Webinar Host

Traci VanSant, a licensed CPA with a Masters degree in Taxation, is presently employed as a Solution Architect with CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business.  In this role she serves as the product technical expert for sales of the ProSystem fx Suite solutions to corporations.  Previously she’s held several hands on roles from that of senior accountant to director of income taxes for either public accounting firms or large multinational manufacturing or banking corporations.  Traci volunteered as a webinar host in February, 2015 and provides meaningful training to veterans returning to civilian workforce.  She says, “Being able to give back to those that sacrifice so much for us and our country is rewarding.”

Project: Return To Work Inc. (R2W) hosts classes at MVEE

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Free classes improve employment odds for veterans and their spouses –

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R2W is offering two days of job placement training to veterans and their families in conjunction with the Military and Veteran Employment Expo (MVEE) at Metropolitan Srate University in Denver.Camp Williams - Rob Brazell, R2W Founder, Sergeant Logan Jubeck and Sergeant "Bulldog" Dellinger

R2W’s class, offered from 8am-10am on March 23rd or 24th, pair job seekers with mentors who help them communicate their career skills. Participants then interview with companies that are actively hiring. Those who attend the first two days of the Expo are given interview preference on March 25th.

“For many of today’s jobs, it’s not enough to have the right education, years of experience and skills,” notes R2W President and Co-Chairman Rob Brazell. “An applicant’s personality score can make or break a job offer. We’ll teach participants how to use online tools to rapidly evaluate themselves and improve their scores so their resumes rise to the top and they land both the interview and the job offer.”




Felix LopezFelix Lopez is the Corporate Human Resources Field Recruiter at Safeway Inc.   Felix’s region covers multiple states and he is currently recruiting for multiple positions. “Safeway is proud to support our veterans who are returning to the workforce after serving our country.  Safeway has hired thousands of veterans and we know the unique skills they bring to businesses.  Safeway Foundation gave a grant to Project: Return To Work Inc. from funds raised in our stores locally this past Veteran’s Day Weekend and we thank our customers for stepping up to help those who helped us by serving in the military.”
Traci Vansant, Webinar Host

Traci Vansant, Webinar Host

Traci VanSant, a licensed CPA with a Masters degree in Taxation, is presently employed as a Solution Architect with CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business.  In this role she serves as the product technical expert for sales of the ProSystem fx Suite solutions to corporations.  Previously she’s held several hands on roles from that of senior accountant to director of income taxes for either public accounting firms or large multinational manufacturing or banking corporations.  Traci volunteered as a webinar host in February, 2015 and provides meaningful training to veterans returning to civilian workforce.  She says, “Being able to give back to those that sacrifice so much for us and our country is rewarding.”

Ed Fenwick, STEM InternEdward Fenwick, STEM Intern is a Senior at the Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center. He moved from the United Kingdom in 2009 and has lived in Kalamazoo since then. He is a member of the Gull Lake Area Robotics team and does research at Western Michigan University. Ed is an Assistant Job Developer, Assistant Employment Specialist and Assistant Technical Support Specialist at R2W.
CameronCameron Taleaghni, 2014 STEM Intern of the Year is a high school student in Colorado.  He is taking college level classes and navigates R2W’s technologies with ease. He teaching volunteers how to utilize R2W’s technologies to achieve unprecedented positive outcomes.  He presents in-person and online classes to veterans transitioning to the civilian workforce.  Cameron is also a member of the US Department of Defense Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), one of the core sponsors of Military and Veterans Employment Expos (MVEE).



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Fran Nixon, Florida Missions Operations Manager (MOM)

Fran Nixon, Florida Missions Operations Manager (MOM)

Fran Nixon, Florida Area Coordinator

Fran Nixon


Fran Nixon has been involved with R2W from the beginning.  She leads R2W’s long term contract with Florida’s Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) providing vocational rehabilitation services to severely disabled people. See also coordinates volunteers and coaches student interns in Florida.   See “A Mothers Love” on our News page.

A Mother’s Love

Non-profit organization needs your donation to keep its mission alive.

“Thank you for your service,” the phrase civilians often use when they encounter military personnel, seems inadequate considering the sacrifices these warriors have made.

Please give lasting thanks by making a donation to Project: Return to Work Inc. (R2W). This national organization honors returning veterans by matching them with employers who need their skills. R2W’s unique approach slashes the job-search timeframe from months or even longer to just minutes compared to services provided by government agencies. Since 1998, R2W has helped thousands of returning vets, military spouses and disabled civilians find jobs commensurate with their skills, aptitudes, and interests.

Camp Williams - Rob Brazell, R2W Founder, Sergeant Logan Jubeck and Sergeant "Bulldog" Dellinger

Camp Williams – Rob Brazell, R2W Founder, Sergeant Logan Jubeck and Sergeant “Bulldog” Dellinger

Founded by former aerospace engineer Rob Brazell, his mother, Fran Nixon, and lifetime mentor, Malcolm D. Crawford, R2W was initially conceived to help people with disabilities. Brazell, who had recently recovered from a terminal illness, decided that “instead of building rockets and satellites I would start R2W to help myself and other disabled people transition back to employment and self-worth.”

Combining Nixon’s human resources and government background and Brazell’s technology prowess, the mother-son team launched the software-driven job search organization 17 years ago and gained a successful track record placing civilians. Brazell’s father, Ray, a WWII Marine, Uncle Floyd and Uncle Dale, a WWII Army Veteran, then helped expand R2W’s mission to include veterans—especially wounded warriors—and their spouses. Nixon, a state-certified vocational rehabilitation counselor in Florida, procured and fulfilled government contracts while Brazell, accompanied by the late Sargent Douglas “Bulldog” Dellinger, gave motivational speeches at military bases, prompting hundreds of injured soldiers to sign up for R2W’s innovative services.

“R2W’s achievements would have been impossible without the devotion of my mother, who not only nursed me back to health during my illness and helped me launch a model business but also came out of retirement to help save it years later”, Brazell says.

A Christmas Puppy A Mother's Love

A Christmas Puppy
A Mother’s Love

Four years ago Nixon, emerged from retirement again when a car accident left Brazell with a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder—injuries identical to those of hundreds of the veterans R2W had served. Nixon has covered many of Brazell’s former duties since his accident, and this proud son credits his mother with keeping R2W afloat during his ongoing rehabilitation. On a personal note, Nixon purchased a puppy for her dog-loving son this Christmas, and she hopes to persuade the breeder to donate a puppy to a returning vet.

“Today R2W is thriving with fewer resources thanks to donated technology tools and bright young volunteers who understand how to use them,” says Brazell. “Without new funds, however, we’re in danger of losing grant money that is crucial to our mission. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation this holiday season.”


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by Stefanie O’Connor


In Loving Memory of Malcolm Douglas Crawford 
(August 29, 1920 – May 6, 2014)

by Stefanie O’Conner for Rob Brazell,  R2W Founder –

Coffee With Malcolm 2009

I am deeply saddened to inform our readers that Malcolm Douglas Crawford, R2W’s Treasurer and my lifelong mentor, passed away on May 6 after a long illness.


It is difficult for me to put into words the profound influence Malcolm Crawford has had upon my life, my career and the founding of R2W.  The best place to start is with a brief summary of this extraordinary man’s background and achievements.


Malcolm Crawford was born in Nashville and later studied Economics at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  Inspired by the geopolitical events of the era, he enrolled in the newly established Tufts-Harvard Fletcher School of Diplomacy, from which he received an MA in 1944.  He then went to Yale Law School, from which he graduated with honors in 1947.  He subsequently served as a consular official at the U.S. Embassies in London and Paris, assisting with postwar reconstruction efforts. He spent most of his professional life working as a securities and corporate attorney in Denver, and worked well into his late 80s.


When I was ready to make the leap from “Big Corporation USA” to my own company in the 1980s, Malcolm helped me form my aeronautics business.  He taught me everything I know about private stock sales, as well as how to negotiate with multiple partners all vying for control.  His generous guidance and counsel added greatly to the success of my aerospace business prior to my being diagnosed with a terminal illness.  When I started to get better, Malcolm helped form, manage and operate R2W—including helping to recruit a blue-ribbon board and win our initial government contract.  He continued to open doors and make difficult situations effortless for us over the years, never asking for anything in return.


Malcolm’s mentorship transcended private and public business endeavors.  We talked about The New Deal, Adolf Hitler, and the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe after World War II.  We talked about analogies in today’s world and how he might do things differently.  He had a wonderfully reserved sense of humor—smiles and chuckles as opposed to big belly laughs.  He was one of America’s greatest statesmen and philanthropists and I was extremely fortunate to have known him.


Malcolm is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Sheila Eigeman Crawford, and his five children and seven grandchildren.  Please join me in remembering Malcolm Crawford for his gift of friendship, his generosity, kindness and intelligence.

Kathe Zaslow, Grant Writer

Kathe Zaslow, Grant Writer


LIVE HELP & Free Career Planning Services

by Jennifer Cohen, R2W Webinar Host.    

Jennifer Cohen, R2W Webinar Host


Next Webinar:

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We’ll START with your questions.

Career Planning Services

As a training specialist I am motivated by the opportunity to help others understand and take advantage of learning opportunities that lead to personal growth. R2W is truly focused on creating opportunities for veterans and their spouses, as well as disabled Americans.

My professional focus is on technology in training, and the Career Planning and Exploration Webinar is an excellent way for me to connect and communicate with many of those who qualify for R2W’s services. The Webinar is designed to guide attendees through the career profiling process and to help attendees link their work preferences to available jobs.

Some of the benefits of the Career Planning and Exploration Webinar include:


  1. Learning how to navigate R2W’s jobs list.
  2. Creating a work profile for job applications.
  3. Developing an understanding of your work preferences.
  4. Saving time getting started on the job search.
  5. Utilizing a free service.
  6. Building confidence for your job search.


Why not take advantage of this opportunity to learn about yourself and your potential?

Jennifer Cohen, R2W Webinar Host



Jennifer Cohen is an instructional designer and adult educator with over twenty years of experience working with a diverse population of learners. Jennifer’s background in technology training includes applications for the office, presentations, and the web.  She holds a master’s degree in learning technology and uses her passion for creative problem solving to help others understand complex concepts.


Career Exploration and Planning

Meeting Description:
Need a change but don’t know what’s your best   next career?  This free webinar is for you!  Exploring your options is the first step toward winning a fulfilling and lasting career.Let’s dramatically speed up the process!  Career Exploration & Planning is a 1 hour class showing you how to conduct your own evaluation in a fraction of the time.  Experts will show you how to use R2W’s innovative tools to quickly zero in on  jobs matching your career goals, while increasing  your interviews and job offers.

You might find the perfect job during the   class.  You will also learn how to get additional training and  one-on-one support from caring counselors.

Applying for the right job could last a lifetime.    It’s worth exploring!



Joe says:  “This webinar looks like a great resource for vets, as is R2W itself.”



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Just Plain Very Hard – Flash Floods – Boulder, CO


So hard to get the brain around how the recovery will happen since these scenes are repeated over such a broad area along the Front Range (plus the downstream impact as the waters combine on the plains).  I’m attaching two photos — one of the church where I was married and where my daughter and I were involved for all of her life and a couple more years before that for me (about 14 years).  I’m also attaching a photo of how it looks now.  Descriptions sound like soil from the Fourmile Canyon Fire’s burn area came down bringing black water (not “blackwater”), cars, telephone poles, large boulders … and gouged the area to six feet below the former road bed.

I used to live in Boulder Canyon — my own house was not in the 100-year-floodplain but so many were.  As you know, rebuilding can’t begin until there is a road to deliver supplies.

It just hurts to think about and I’m not even dealing with any loss.  My daughter lives on Capitol Hill and I live next to Highlands (HIGH lands) so … we’re fine since we didn’t have runoff or canyon flashfloods to experience.

I know you’ll like how people will pull together but it’s also a tense time when absolutely everyone is grieving.  Very different from when, say, one person’s house burns and everyone chips in to help their situation.

There are also degrees of “survivor guilt” where someone feels they can’t talk about their sadness because they “only” lost the VIEW from their home and someone else lost their HOME.  In every case, each person needs to find someone who can listen but often other victims are the only ones who really understand and yet they are coping with their own loss.  Recovery is prolonged because of this and it’s just plain very hard.

R2W Headquarters Hit Hard.

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Stay tuned for prayer circles and heartening National Guard rescuers near R2W’s offices.


Volunteer For Boulder Emergency

The roads are closed.  Still, volunteers from other states are keeping R2W’s operations running.  Clients can still login and connect with employers.  We’re still conducting counseling services that are more relevant than ever.

We are focusing on helping evacuees transition out of shelters and replacing computer equipment to get key counselors back into the field.  We are using R2W’s buddy system to help each other with shelter, food, groovy clothing, a good listener, and a place to call home while figuring out the next step.    Recruiting volunteers for the cleanup.

Your help matters more than ever right now.  Please GET INVOLVED now.



Day Of Caring 2013 – FLASH FLOOD UPDATE

     The in-person portion of this event has been cancelled due to flash flooding.  However, rain or shine, we are still going forward with the online portion for homebound volunteers and volunteers in other states who want to demonstrate their care and respect.

     Drop in online when you can, leave when you want– 9:00 – 10:00 is for everyone regardless of your technical skills.

     Visit www.readytalk.com and enter 3160014 in the PARTICIPANT box.  Email rob.brazell@return2work.org for details.




We care about wounded warriors and their spouses.  Please join us for Day of Caring to help us get deserving people back to work and back to life.  We are seeking volunteers who have substantial experience with databases to help post jobs in our recruitment system, and then match veterans with those jobs.

Highly qualified staff will provide a brief training session then tutor you through as many job postings as you can complete in two or three hours.   Bring your laptop if you’d like to continue volunteering from home after Day of Caring!  And please consider following up with our CALL BANK to reach out to both employers and applicants, letting them know we’ve found a match for them.

WHEN:           September 13, 2013                         9am – noon

WHERE:         Register for location Followed by a delicious BBQ and Award Ceremony at Foothills United Way


Direct volunteer link:  http://volunteer.unitedwayfoothills.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0CU000000GGd5sMAD#5c433ecdaca59558d5b2083906b4ea3f&wrs=HOC0130-002-2ddc49ad-c9ca-4c2d-8659-9dd054484015

Project: Return To Work Inc. Thanks Sponsors For Support


Project: Return to Work, Inc. (R2W) helps wounded warriors, disabled Americans and others to find productive and fulfilling jobs.


“Our participation in the Day of Caring and the work we do in general would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors,” notes R2W President Rob Brazell.  We would like to give special thanks to Foothills United Way for hosting this event and recruiting 25 highly skilled volunteers —using laptops donated for the day by LeaderQUEST—who will post jobs in R2W’s recruitment system donated by StaffCV at facilities donated by Office Evolution, Your Office, and Charlotte County Justice Center.  We also want to thank ReadyTalk for donating web conferencing services enabling homebound volunteers to participate.   ReadyTalk’s in-kind support also enables volunteers to participate remotely from our offices in Florida.


Many volunteers will continue serving after Day of Caring to match over 7,000 active duty service members, veterans, their spouses, and disabled citizens to the best positions.  R2W will also offer proven training to help prepare applicants for interviews.  Our innovative technologies and tremendous community spirit enable us to better connect the dots between applicants and employer, achieving unprecedented positive outcomes.


This event is in support of Military and Veterans Employment Expos (MVEE) at www.mvee.org.




Debbie Egan, Volunteer Customer Service

Debbie Egan, Customer Support

Debbie Egan is excited to join the R2W team this year.  She is bringing over 10 years of customer service and volunteer experience.  She has extensive experience working with customer service face-to-face and over the phone, online chat and e-mail.

Debbie’s job at R2W includes training volunteer Job Developers, Employment Specialists, and Job Concierges how to communicate more effectively with both applicants and employers, ensuring unprecedented positive outcomes.

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