Our Mission: Back to Work, Back to Life.

A New Model

Be Smarter

We plan to post 1,000 new jobs in the next two months.  (Click here to volunteer)

We did not post jobs in our previous model.  Applicants registered once for all careers.  Then applicants were invited to careers that they qualified for (by invitation only).  Now, applicants can still register once and wait to be invited to job openings (let us do the work).  They can also see and apply for specific job openings via their Jobs tab on their Home Page.

Project:  Return To Work Inc.  (R2W) provides services to multiple groups including SSA Ticket To Work and The Military and Veterans (and Spouses) Employment EXPO.  Each group has its own “hive” in our system.

Our process can be very fast.  The initial registration takes about 5 minutes–  contact information.  Then registrants can sign up for the appropriate “hive” where they are asked a small amount of additional information.  For example, registrants signing up for the Military and Veterans (and Spouses) Employment EXPO may select classes and mentors.

Registrants can also apply for specific job openings now.  Specific careers are listed just below the “hives” on their Jobs tab. We also connect the dots for applicants and employers to radically improve the number of positive outcomes.  Once applicants complete their Work History, Education, Work Preferences and References under their Personal Information tab, we match them with all careers in the portal then invite them to apply for those that are a good fit.  We make it easy!

Applicants’ Home Pages provide clear instructions for mastering our recruitment portal and finding lasting careers.  Our recruitment system also provides fun and easy-to-use tools for identifying new career goals. Click here to get started now!

Employers are encouraged to post jobs via the contact form at www.return2work.org.  R2W’s services are free to both employers and qualifying applicants thanks to tremendous community spirit.  We will soon be publishing an article about the overwhelming volunteerism and impressive in-kind contributions.

Welcome Home For The Holidays

Happy  New Year!


The Holiday Continues    


Polish Fruit Cake
Polish Fruit Cake – In the United States, in Colorado around Manitou Springs, Epiphany is marked by the Great Fruitcake Toss. Fruitcakes are thrown, participants dress as kings, fools, etc., and competitions are held for the farthest throw, the most creative projectile device, etc. As with customs in other countries, the fruitcake toss is a sort of festive symbolic leave-taking of the Christmas holidays until next year, but with humorous twist.

A sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.

     We would like to thank all veterans returning home from Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world.  We respect you and are grateful for your gift. Thanks to your sacrafices and good work, we enjoy tremendous liberties.

     Our volunteers around the world are giving more than ever to help newly enabled Americans, veterans and their spouses back to work, back to life.  Please join us in giving something truly meaningful to the Military and Veterans (and Spouses) Employment EXPO February 29 – March 3, 2012.



2nd Annual Wounded Warrior Hiring and Support Conference

Project:  Return To Work Inc.  (R2W) attended this world class conference. Advances in modern military medicine are saving an unprecedented number of service members on the battlefield.  Many of the Wounded Warriors either return to the fight or transition to civilian employment.  The Department of the Navy is committed to ensuring that Wounded Warriors have the support they need when they leave military service and seek civilian employment.

The conference theme is “Hiring Our Nation’s Heroes.”  The conference will convene prominent government, military, industry leaders and their human resource professionals who are committed to hiring and supporting Wounded Warriors.  Conference attendees will have the unique opportunity to learn best practices from many successful organizations on how to recruit, hire, train and retain Wounded Warriors.

Conference details and registration are located at the following website:  http://www.public.navy.mil/donaa/Pages/woundedwarrior.aspx.

Danielle Ball, STEM Intern

Danielle Ball, STEM Intern

Danielle Ball, Student Intern, and Fran Nixon, Florida Area Coordinator

Danielle is a senior at Charlotte High (2 high schools in Charlotte County).  She has a Florida Bright Scholars Scholarship and has come to R2W under this program.  Danielle expects to got to Florida —University in Pensacola, Florida next fall.  Danielle’s mother, Pam Adelson is the owner of the Smoke House Restaurant in Punta Gorda.  Danielle is volunteering as a Technical Support Specialist/Employment Specialist/Job Developer.

Veolia Transportation, Inc announces Job Fair for Bus Operators and Mechanics

Register online at www.return2work.org for these and other related jobs nationwide.  Apply once, Return2Work will forward your application to all employers offering jobs you qualify for.

Veolia Transportation announces a Job Fair to be held from 10:00AM-2:00PM, Saturday September 24, 2011 at our location at 2775 S. Vallejo St Englewood, CO 80110.  This Job Fair will be featuring Fleet Maintenance and Operations positions. Veolia has multiple job openings.

Veolia Transportation prides itself on hiring the best and the brightest. Eric Biga, General Manager, says: “We continue to thrive and prosper by adding hard-working, engaging people with outstanding customer service and drive to our staff. If these qualities describe you, we would love to hear from you.”

Applicants are invited to come to Veolia Transportation to apply for all open positions from 10:00AM-2:00PM on Saturday. Interviews will be held immediately on site for qualified individuals.

Veolia is seeking qualified individuals with experience in customer service, fleet maintenance, and operations. Interested individuals are asked to bring a recent copy of the motor vehicle report, drivers license, and  your work history for the last 10 years, including the name, dates, address and phone number for each company you worked at and the name(s) of your supervisor(s)  Your school/college history with the name and address of each institution you attended. Please come prepared to complete a pre-screen interview onsite. If you are qualified you will interview with management immediately.

We will train qualified candidates how to drive a bus and be an ambassador to the public. Training lasts between 4-6 weeks. We have full time positions with competitive pay and benefits. Don’t miss this opportunity to join our team!

For more information on this event contact Jen Shaw at 303-350-5315 or Stephanie Rios at 303-587-5501.

Apply for these and other related jobs online at www.return2work.org .


Colorado Women Veterans Conference & Healthfair Expo 2011

Thank you for visiting Return2Work’s exhibition for free employment services.
The first Colorado Women Veterans Conference & Healthfair Expo was presented on Saturday, September 17, 2011, at the Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, providing a day of learning, networking and rejuvenation to honor, educate and serve Colorado women veterans. The Expo provided information, education and access to healthcare and veterans benefits. Classes were presented on career, life skills, wellness and women’s health concerns, including mental health.  Visit http://www.cowomenveteransconference.org/ for more information.

Veterans’ Resource Forum – U.S. Congressman Jared Polis and U.S. Senator Mark Udall

Project:  Return To Work Inc.  (R2W) provided a Resource Table.  We collaborate with mulitple agencies and non-profits to provide an array of services. 

U.S. Congressman Jared Polis and U.S. Senator Mark Udall cordially invite veterans and their families to an information session on veterans’ services.

When:   Tuesday, August 23, 2011, 1 to 5 p.m.

Where:  Boulder American Legion Post 10, 4760 28th Street, Boulder

Topics & Services to be covered for all veterans and their families include:

  • Register with VA, start a new claim or check on the status of an existing claim
  • General services and updated benefits for veterans
  • Medical centers and community-based outpatient clinics, including mental health, transportation and caregivers
  • Veterans’ benefits available from the state
  • Housing benefits, loan guarantees and business loans
  • Post 9/11 G.I. Bill: Education Benefits, Training Programs, and Yellow Ribbon
  • Assisted Living, Aid and Attendance Pension, Consumer Scams, Burial Benefits

Plus, an opportunity for all attendees to visit with the program presenters, visit resource tables, and network with friends.

Please RSVP by calling (303) 484-9596 or by filling out the online form at http://polis.house.gov/Calendar/EventSingle.aspx?EventID=254397.


President Barack Obama in the East Room of the White House, July 25, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

By Bailey Culp –
On July 1, 2011, Project:  Return to Work Inc. (R2W) founder, Rob Brazell, along with R2W Board Member, Jay D. VanderWerff, attended a daylong White House briefing in Washington, DC. The Obama White House hosted community leaders from states nationwide, highlighting various policies and programs offered by the federal government that are currently available for leaders at the local, grassroots level. The guests were given a tour of the East Wing of the White House and listened to several briefings by community leaders in attendance. The meeting was a forum for leaders nationwide to offer and receive feedback from senior White House officials on critical issues facing the country.

Among the many topics discussed were veteran’s affairs and initiatives to serve disabled Americans, specifically Wounded Warriors. Thus, the mission and objectives of R2W were extensively showcased during this daylong gathering. Moreover, an invitation to this exclusive gathering of community leaders indicates the high priority of veteran’s affairs to the Obama administration while underscoring the notable work R2W has performed since its founding in 1998. Regarding his visit to the White House, R2W President Rob Brazell noted, “This is the most open White House in history. President Obama is clearly reaching out to community leaders around the nation and we are reaching back. We had unprecedented opportunity to give honest and direct feedback. The White House staff is highly experienced and I am grateful for the privilege to participate in such a meaningful way.”

R2W Founder and Board Members expressed special interest in the following White House initiative:

Joining Forces

As a result of several recent discussions with the Department of Defense, Department Of Labor, Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, and Colorado National Guard, R2W is changing its fundamental business model to more rapidly respond to the employment needs of thousands of wounded warriors and their families, a stark reality highlighted at both the recent White House briefing and the Military and Veterans Employment Expo held in Golden, CO at Jefferson County Fairgrounds May 23 through 25, 2011.


General Thomas Mills presents the DoD ESGR Seven Seals Award to R2W President Rob Brazell.

General Thomas Mills (Ret) presents the DoD ESGR Seven Seals Award to R2W President Rob Brazell at a gala dinner party.

By Bailey Culp –
On June 11, 2011 Project:  Return To Work Inc. (R2W) President, Rob Brazell, was awarded the Seven Seals Award by Admiral Richard Young and General Thomas Mills at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program (ESGR). The ESGR Seven Seals Award is presented at the discretion of the ESGR State Chair in recognition of significant individual or organization achievement, in addition to initiative or support that promotes and bolsters the ESGR mission. The Seven Seals Award is the only ESGR award that bridges both employer and volunteer recognition awards programs.  

Honor Guard for this gala event.

Return 2 Work earned the Seven Seals award for its exceptional support of the Military and Veterans Employment Expo (MVEE), held in May 2011.  R2W partnered with the ESGR program to create the Military and Veterans Employment Expo in order to 1) address unemployment among National Guardsmen, Reservists and Veterans, 2) provide training on job hunting skills, and 3) hold a job fair featuring over 75 employers from various cities in Colorado.

 R2W played a significant role throughout the entire Military and Veterans Employment Expo, offering the following services:

  • Registration system, operators, and office support – which were donated by StaffCV, Your Office and Office Evolution;
  • Professional “How to” employment webinars for veterans sponsored by ReadyTalk;
  • A seminar – led by R2W President Rob Brazell – entitled “Career Exploration,” which aimed to help veterans prepare for networking with the various employers who attended the employment expo.

 Numerous volunteers helped to make the employment expo a success. Regarding the tremendous success of MVEE, R2W President Rob Brazell noted, “The military and government reached out…the community reached back. This unprecedented collaboration among several military, government and community partners made a huge difference in the lives of many Colorado veterans and their families.”

R2W continues to provide quality metrics to the array of military and government agencies involved in MVEE, while also participating on the central planning committee for the next employment forum to be announced by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve program.

Rhett Sandal, STEM Intern

Rhett Sandal, STEM Intern

Rhett Sandal, Student Intern Technical Support

Rhett Sandal is a sophomore at Silver Creek High School in Longmont, Colorado.  He volunteers as an Assistant Job Developer and Assistant Tech Support Specialist for Return2Work.   He is also taking a STEM internship for Mathematical Modeling and Software Engineering at Return2Work (R2W).  He is active in the Robotics and Music field, and likes to help people with their technology problems.



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