Yes, you are a veteran forever. But there’s a big difference between an identifier and an identity. Those with only one part to their identity are easily rocked if that identity is threatened. Broaden your sense of self and become more than “veteran.”
Separating from service is challenging. Transitioning from one culture to the never will inevitably cause you some discomfort and disillusionment, but you can get through it. Keep these 5 important things in mind, and you will be setting out on a journey to make this veteran life the best part of life.