military transition

What the Post-9/11 GI Bill Means to You

On Aug. 1, 2009, the Post-9/11 GI Bill went into effect, creating the most comprehensive education benefits program since Roosevelt signed the original bill in 1944. If you are an active member or veteran of the National Guard or Reserve, it is important that you are aware of what this new bill means to you.

Tips for Transitioning Psychological Health Care to a New Provider

When making the transition from your current psychological health provider to a new provider, it helps to plan ahead.

Gain Work Experience with Operation Warfighter

Getting involved in meaningful work can aid in both the physical and psychological healing process for service members in recovery. Operation Warfighter is a federal internship program that places recovering active-duty service members and National Guard and reservists currently in a medical hold status in supportive work settings. By focusing on new opportunities and strengthening job skills, service members can bolster their recovery while gaining valuable work experience. This article highlights information about Operation Warfighter and offers tips and resources for service members who wish to apply.

Navigating the Disability Evaluation System

If your military service is cut short due to a service-related disability that occurred in the line of duty, you may be eligible to receive benefits. Federal law and military regulations require a thorough review of your case through the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) to determine the level of disability and entitlement to disability retirement. Understanding the IDES process can be complicated and even stressful at times.

Translating Military Experience to Civilian Employment

If you served in the military, you’ve lived and worked in environments that are specific to the military culture. You have lived on bases, installations, ships and submarines; you ate MREs and shopped in PXs/BXs/NEXs and commissaries; you deployed to unique locations worldwide; and you enjoyed a tight-knit sense of community whether you were visiting schools, places of worship, restaurants or medical clinics. Understandably, leaving this culture can be difficult – you are not just leaving a job, you are leaving a lifestyle.

Veterans Affairs Health Benefits Overview

No veteran should ever be left behind. If you are a Service member transitioning to veteran status you may know that there are many resources available to you and your family, but you may not know where to start. In order to help make your transition less daunting, the Real Warriors Campaign has worked closely with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to produce this three-part series to highlight the most frequently asked questions that Service members and their families have while transitioning.

Five Resources for Returning to School

Many people who leave the military decide to take advantage of the GI Bill and other education benefits in their post-military careers by enrolling in a higher education degree or certificate program. It can sometimes be challenging to return to the civilian community after deployment, and adjusting to academic life can be stressful for all students, including veterans.

Applying for a Discharge Upgrade

For veterans who have served in uniform and received a less than honorable discharge, the impact on their post-service lives can be dramatic. While the process is not simple and the results not guaranteed, there is a way to appeal the discharge classification.

Your Post-Military Career: Tips for Finding a Job and Achieving Success in the Civilian Workplace

Employment plays a critical role in the recovery of wounded and injured veterans — including those experiencing traumatic brain injury (TBI) or a psychological health issue such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Having a job builds skills, increases self worth, reduces isolation, provides beneficial social interaction and provides income that is key to economic well-being. But just how should a wounded warrior go about finding meaningful employment? The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and its federal partners can help show you the way.
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