Life in the armed forces is very different from life as a civilian, and many servicemen and women find it difficult to transition to a military mindset for various reasons. Even if they are able to settle into their new routines easily, however, another challenge may be waiting for them when their service ends. A significant number of American veterans report having difficulty returning to civilian life at the end of their service. These difficulties range from having trouble relating to their spouses and families to being unable to find work in the private sector. The trouble these veterans have returning to life in the civilian world can lead to serious emotional and financial strife for people who already have given so much for their fellow Americans.

 

This is why it’s so important for veterans to take time to prepare themselves for the transition back to civilian life. Even if they are looking forward to the day when they are out of uniform, they may encounter situations in which they find it challenging to return to a civilian mindset. For example, finding a group of fellow veterans to talk to can be a significant helper for veterans having trouble adjusting to the civilian world. Because, they share experiences and feelings that can give one another strength. In turn, helping them feel less isolated. Veterans also can follow simple mental tricks such as maintaining a regular daily routine that resembles their military schedule to help ease them back into civilian life. They also can seek local resources aimed at providing mental health services for veterans, as well as organizations that provide job networking assistance.

 

One of the best ways for veterans to resume civilian life is to focus on their work. The good news for them is that there are many companies out there that are looking to hire veterans. These companies value the qualities and skills veterans can bring to the workforce. What’s more, there are numerous resources that are focused on connecting veterans with employers that want to hire them. The transition back into civilian life can be a challenge for veterans, but it doesn’t have to be. The following guide describes many of the best ways for veterans to prepare themselves for their transition back into civilian life.

Author bio: Jeremy Silverstein is Vice President of Operations and Vehicle Dispatching at Veteran Car Donations. During the five years he’s been with the organization, he has become quite an expert in the industry and has handled tens of thousands of donated vehicles.  

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