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 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 […]

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 […]

9 out of 10 Veterans Haven’t Done This; Have You?

by Eric Burleson in Mindfulness, Tips, Transition, Veteran

By Eric Burleson The day that marked the end of your service has come and gone. You might have served a short term or invested most of your prime into the military, but now you are back on native soil. You anticipated the challenges of separation and transitioning back into civilian society after military life […]

5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your First Civilian Job

by Eric Burleson in Job, Tips, Veteran

Get the Most Out of Your First Civilian Job 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 […]

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 […]