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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why Companies Don’t Hire Veterans (And What You Can Do About It)

by Eric Burleson in Job, Life, Tips, Transition

Why Companies Don’t Hire Veterans 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 […]

5 Things Transitioning Veterans Need to Think About that Aren’t Jobs

by Eric Burleson in Life, Mindfulness, Tips, Veteran

5 Important Parts of Veteran Transition that Aren’t a New Job: 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 […]

Finding Meaning After the Military

by Eric Burleson in Life, Mindfulness, Transition, Veteran

How to Find Meaning After the Military By Eric Burleson A Brief Primer 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 […]

Five Common Yet Unexpected Experiences With Transition

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

Five Common Yet Unexpected Experiences While Transitioning You’re going to feel these when you transition out of the military, even if no one warned you about it. 1. Grief Service members frequently believe that life on the outside will be all sunshine and roses. Transitioning is going to be a piece of cake, right? You […]