Within two weeks of moving to New York City, I found myself sitting in a room at the Y. Around the table sat men and women of every race, age, and demographics. What we shared in common was our veteran status and our desire to write. That writing group — Voices From War — helped me feel part of something new, but also old, in the largest city of the U.S., one that many people find alienating.
Veterans face a variety of problems once they leave the service. Whether it's accurate or not, many veterans feel life is a little harder for them than for most people. But what if a big part of the problem wasn't so much PTSD or poor transition assistance — at least not directly — but rather loneliness and boredom?
Careers, financial planning, and general life after the military requires some preparation. In the six months leading up to your transition, it’s good to look ahead. At that point, you should begin attending hiring events, looking into school, or applying for post-military jobs.
U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Warren W. Wright Jr.
It’s been a little over a year since I started my first full-time job after leaving active duty. What have I learned about transitioning to civilian life? After years of serving, why is making the transition so hard? I realize it has to do with framing.