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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.

1 comment:

  1. I'm agree with your all points. Incredible points. Sound arguments. Keep up the great work. Its always great to read your posts.

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