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Monday, March 24, 2014

10 Things Recently Discharged Veterans Should Do to Ease their Transition

It's not a news flash to anyone.

Veterans for years have struggled with transitioning from the military. Living the regimented and rigorous life of the military to the independent ways of a civilian is difficutl for anyone that served. 

Here is our 10 things recently discharged veterans should do to ease their transition:

1.) Start the process as early as possible.  If you know you are getting out in one year, its time to start putting your plan into action.

2.) Asking for help is a sign of maturity and strength...not the other way around.  Humble yourself and seek advice of anyone and everyone.

3.) Assess your needs or the needs of your family e.g. financial, healthcare, housing, education etc.  This will give you a foundation to understand how to tackle the next few points.

4.) Determine where you want to live?  Are you willing to relocate, planning on moving back to your home of record, etc. this will help with points 5, 6, 8, and 9.

5.) Identify friends both military and non-military who are in the civilian sector and reach out to them for an exploratory conversation.  Learn what they are doing, how their transition process went, what worked, what didn't, etc.

6.) Explore potential career options based on what you are good at and what you like to do. Looking at point #2 could help you determine your options or if you need to widen your search.

7.) Determine if you will be eligible for additional benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs. If you are, find someone who went through the process and utilize their experience to make yours easier

8.) Locate the resources in your local community or the community you are wishing to move to.  Resources are your friend and websites like help you identify where these resources are located based on your needs.

9.) Find a mentor

10.) Once you have a resume or plan in place, make sure you customize your message to the audience reading it.

Veterans, Here's Your Chance to Be Successful

Techstars Patriot Boot Camp is a program under the Techstars Risingstars umbrella with a specific focus on our nation's Veterans and their families. 

Patriot Boot Camp was created with the belief that Veterans have the skills and motivation to become exceptional entrepreneurs. Participation in Patriot Boot Camp will be the catalyst for them to kick-start a company, find co-founders, and advance as entrepreneurs.

Attendance is open to active military, Veterans, and/or their spouses at no cost

Those interested in attending can apply here.

Here's How Veterans Are Becoming Awesome Entrepreneurs

When entering the job market, most employers describe veterans as leaders, hard workers and loyal. While these descriptions of military veterans are acccurate and complimenting, recruiters and often employers miss other important qualities that tend not to be included when looking for veterans. 

But veterans are solution based. They want to make things happen. They are creative thinkers when in diffucult situations and are applying small unit leadership to the infrastructure of the company. 

To see what tips, tricks and to find how veterans are becoming leaders in Business, Read the Full Article on Forbes

Friday, March 21, 2014

This is How Local Businesses Will Be Impacted by Defense Budget Cuts

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's 2015 budget proposal is the first in 13 years in which none of the country's 1.4 million active-duty troops is expected to be engaged in a war.

His plans are to reduce military spending by $75 billion over the next two years, and cuts every branch of service, including the National Guard and Reserves. The Army, the largest branch, would see the biggest reduction. It now has 522,000 members, and Hagel has proposed trimming to between 440,000 and 450,000. The Army could shrink to 420,000, Hagel said, if sequestration remains in effect.

With cuts to the military, private sector jobs will be highly impacted by the reduction in force. In North Carolina where 110,000 active-duty service member are assigned to 6 bases, 340,000 private sector jobs will be affected. Whats even more astounding is that according the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the military supports 540,000 jobs that account close to $30 Billion in personal income. This makes the military job industry including the private sector the second largest industry behind agriculture. 

Full Article on

Thursday, March 20, 2014

This is the Best Description of PTS and How to Get Help

A U.S. Army infantryman named Joseph Robertson narrates his memories of the Battle of the Bulge and real glimpse of the memories that haunt him today. 

Post Traumatic Stress is serious and our nation needs to do more. Find the help you need on or check out The National Center for PTSD for more information.