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I Got By With Help From Civilian Friends

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These 4 steps are vital for veteran mental health.

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Learning to grieve is learning to live.

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Defeating the critical inner voice.

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Share this article with civilians you know that care about and want to support veterans.

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I wrote another guest post for Task & Purpose. This one deals with how our brains adapt to change, and why that makes the transition from the military so difficult.

The article discusses not only how the brain functions, but also how to take advantage of that mechanism to make your transition more smooth.

Read more here.

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Bridging the Gap Between Veteran and Civilian Culture

What’s the difference between them and me? You have probably found yourself thinking that once or twice now that you have transitioned from the military back into society. Those you question would be the civilians. You spent a sizable portion of your prime protecting them. Serving from afar. Being heroes and heroines. Yet, now that you are amongst...

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As a newly-minted veteran, you may feel overwhelmed with the sheer volume of obviously non-trivial financial decisions you have to make now. Which health insurance policy should I choose? How much should I save every month? How much housing can I afford? How do I compare one job’s salaries and bonuses to another?

While there is endless information available on each of these topics, I wanted to give you a new perspective to help you with...

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After leaving the military, I decided to stop drinking for a variety of reasons. Because I had a lot of success with quitting alcohol, I wanted to share my experiences. So, I recently wrote an article for Task & Purpose explaining why and how drinking affects your mental health. Veterans who have recently separated from service should take note. You can read about...

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I had just finished breakfast with my father-in-law and 2 ½-year old daughter and was driving home. My wife’s parents were staying with us on an extended trip to help us out around the impending birth of my son. Because he was two weeks late, their 2-week trip had ballooned into a five-week trip. We were all a little strained.

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Hanging up the uniform that you proudly wore during the term of your service for this great country is going to be hard. What is even more challenging is returning back to civilian life after living and fighting outside of American soil. Whether you will be transitioning back to daily life or are currently having trouble dealing with the changes, here are 5 ways to get the most out of your first civilian job.

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Looking for work now that you have separated from service? You have probably hit a couple of snags along the way. Veterans usually hem and haw about how company A has no appreciation for what you can bring to the table or how company B has no respect for you, but the truth usually far more simple. Here are the three main reasons why companies don’t hire veterans.

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Jobs are important to reclaiming life as a civilian, but work is not the only thing we need to talk about when we saying things like, “veteran transition.” There are some other parts of life that need attention during transition, and I’m going to talk about 5 of them today.

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One cannot possibly describe in 1000 words or less the heart-wrenching, soul-crushing, and life-affirming process of trying to find meaning and purpose following separation from military service. After having crystal clear purpose during service, the relative void following separation can feel incredibly overwhelming. That said, there seem to be distinct phases to finding meaning that every veteran must go through in order to find their...

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Separating from the military can be an incredibly difficult experience, and it’s not made any easier with the cultural divide between the military and civilian sectors. Veterans often struggle to find meaningful work after they separate from the military, at least in part because it is difficult to translate military experience into language that civilians understand.

That said, there are a few mistakes we constantly see veterans make...

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You’re going to feel these when you transition out of the military, even if no one warned you about it.

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