The Chairman's Office of Reintegration leads the effort by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to enable the successful reintegration of veterans and their families back into civilian society. The Chairman's Office of Reintegration advises and assists the Chairman and the Joint Staff on the challenges faced by veterans and their families in order to craft tangible, preventative, and effective solutions to those challenges. It encourages and enables community action by disseminating successful or promising solutions to veteran and military family challenges. Additionally, the Chairman's Office of Reintegration fosters unity of effort across the interagency, private, and philanthropic landscapes to comprehensively address veteran and military family challenges. Finally, it conducts and synchronizes outreach efforts at the community, state, regional, and national levels to help the civilian community understand the value of and common challenges for service members, veterans and family members, their collective military ethos, and the return on investment for enabling the successful reintegration of veterans and their families.
Military service members develop a sense of pride and honor during their time in uniform, largely inspired by the tremendous responsibility they assume the moment they take an oath to defend our nation. Whether after a few years or a few decades of service, inevitably, there comes a time for all of us to pack away our uniforms for the last time, and assume the title of “veteran.”
The Joint Chief’s Call to Continued Service inspires transitioning service members to leverage their military skills, intellect, and innate sense of civic obligation to become assets in the civilian communities welcoming their return. Community service provides recently transitioned veterans many positive benefits including an immediate connection to their new environment and an opportunity to commit their skills and leadership toward the betterment of their community.
Just over a year ago, the Joint Chiefs signed a letter addressed to all of those who have served in uniform since Sept. 11, 2001, recognizing that they “stepped forward as volunteers” when our nation needed them most. With an eye toward the future and the understanding that approximately one million service members will hang up their uniforms in the next five years, the Joint Chiefs implored service members to apply their “experience, intellect, and character” in their communities as veterans. Aptly, the letter has come to be called “The Call to Continued Service” — a rallying call for veterans to seize opportunities to make a difference and apply their intrinsic leadership traits to enhance their new role within their civilian communities.