Why We Veterans Must Learn How to Grieve

by Eric Burleson in Life, Mental Heath, Veteran

I remember reading Dan Millman’s The Way of the Peaceful Warrior years ago, before I was a military veteran. The book provided lots of useful tools for me to manage a flood of painful experiences. If it weren’t for those tools, I wouldn’t have given the book a second thought. I’d just dismiss it as […]

Do These 4 Things As Soon As You Separate From The Military

by Eric Burleson in Mental Heath, Tips, Transition, Veteran

 These 4 Steps Are Vital For Veteran Mental Health: Leaving the military brings about incredibly difficult strain. Although most people know about the difficulties surrounding finding a job, few will describe the emotional struggle associated with separating from service. But veterans still suffer from enormously high rates of suicide, divorce, and homelessness. Putting aside all […]

Civilian Friends: A Critical Part of Your Transition

by Eric Burleson in Civilian, Mental Heath, Tips, Veteran

I Got By With Help From Civilian Friends My separation from the military kicked off with two years of graduate school in an MBA program at UT Austin. I figured this period would be a great time to learn how to act in the civilian world. What I didn’t expect was how much I would […]

The Enemy of Transition

by Eric Burleson in Mental Heath, Transition, Veteran

The Enemy of My Transition Was Not My Friend “You are scum.” “What’s wrong with you?” “You can’t do anything right.” “You don’t even have the simple discipline to get out of bed on time.” “You’d be better off dead, and your family would be better off with you dead, too.” Who is this cruel […]

The Why and How of Getting Involved with Veterans

by Valerie Taylor in Civilian, Tips

The Why and How of Getting Involved with Veterans Most people will never serve in the military or receive any form of combat training in their entire lifetime. What civilians see and hear about are the glorified war stories in the form of blockbusters or the gory tales. We see the folded flags on caskets, […]

Want to really “Support Our Troops”? Do these things

by Eric Burleson in Tips, Veteran

Share this article with civilians you know that care about and want to support veterans. Why are so many veterans killing themselves? The Department of Veterans Affairs has conducted multiple studies on the rates of veteran suicides and is the source of the oft-cited statistic of 20 veteran suicides per day, on average. None of […]

Guest post: Why Transition is so hard

by Eric Burleson in Veteran

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 […]

What Civilians Wish You Knew

by Valerie Taylor in Life, Mental Heath, Tips, Veteran

Bridging the Gap Between Veteran and Civilian Culture By Valerie Taylor 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 […]

Veteran Finances: How to Not Get Overwhelmed

by Eric Burleson in Mental Heath, Mindfulness, Tips, Veteran, Veteran

How to Not Get Overwhelmed by Finances 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 […]

Stopping drinking after service: guest post to Task & Purpose

by Eric Burleson in Life, Mental Heath, Veteran

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 […]