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 the emotional overload of these topics. I also wanted give you an overall strategy for dealing with them.
First, it’s important to note that you aren’t the only one dealing with all of this. Every single veteran faces these choices as they separate from the military. It can be helpful to realize that you aren’t the only one.
If you have a group of veteran friends, talk openly about finances. These friends can help you think of things in new ways, offer advice and perspective.