Understandably, a lot has been written about the huge transition veterans make when they take the leap from the military into the civilian world. The new trend and battle cry from socially conscious companies is: “Hire a veteran, it’s the right thing to do.” Companies large and small are realizing that organized outreach and recruiting efforts targeted at veterans are worthwhile investments that provide a pipeline of skilled and dedicated employees. After being a Marine Corps veteran who transitioned to the civilian world, and also remained the wife of a career Navy sailor, I can tell you that efforts should be ramped up and expanded to include a related population: transitioning military spouses.
Anyone who’s been a part of or around the military over the last few years knows that resiliency is a high priority. After more than a decade of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan, the military has had to battle its own demons on the warpath, including spikes in post-traumatic stress, drug and alcohol abuse, and suicides. Recognizing the need to build a stronger, well-rounded force, former Army Chief of Staff General George W. Casey Jr. founded the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program, later named Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Program. This program is focused on helping soldiers and their families bounce back from challenges and adversity by building all five dimensions of strength: social, emotional, family, spiritual and physical. In 2013, the Ready and Resilient Campaign was launched, further emphasizing the importance of resiliency to a soldier’s readiness.