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Military to Civilian Re-entry



The transition from military to civilian life can be abrupt and disorienting. We can undergo a special kind of culture shock where everything feels both foreign and familiar, making us feel lost in plain sight. It can be hard to adjust to having a lot more agency combined with a lot less structure, especially if we spent our entire lives either in school or in the military. We can feel like we lost our community, our purpose, and our identity all at once. And if we have encountered any traumatic experiences in our service, we are often left to process them around people who—no matter how much they love us—have difficulty understanding what we are going through. As isolating as it can feel, it can help to remember we’re not the only ones living through this, and that we have access to tools that can help us take charge of our lives.

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Veterans Talk About the Military-Civilian Divide

As part of our #RethinkVets media campaign, local veterans talk about the challenges they faced re-entering civilian life.

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Thank You for Your Service

No journalist has reckoned with the psychology of war as intimately as David Finkel. In The Good Soldiers, his bestselling account from the front lines of Baghdad, Finkel embedded with the men of the 2-16 Infantry Battalion as they carried out the infamous “surge”.

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It is Critical to Find Your Purpose First

The process to uncover your purpose after a career in military service takes great introspection.

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How to Successfully Transition from Military to Civilian Life | Brian O’Connor | TEDxOakland

Through his talk, Brian candidly shares tips and tricks on how to successfully transition from military to civilian life. Mr.

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Warrior’s Return: Restoring the Soul After War

War touches us all―leaving visible and invisible wounds on the warriors who fight, disrupting their families and communities, and leaving lasting imprints on our national psyche.

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Military Entrepreneurs Have a Higher Calling

We can all learn something from the unique challenges of veteran Tim Smith and other service members who start companies.

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Veterans Come Home To Civilian Life

We spoke with veterans about the difficulty of leaving their military “families” and returning to civilian life.

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Walking Toward Peace: Veterans Healing on America’s Trails

Walking Toward Peace shares the intimate stories of veterans who, post-deployment, have wrestled with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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Faith-Based Organizations and Veteran Reintegration

Faith-based organizations (FBOs) are an important community-based resource for veterans as they readjust to civilian life.

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Why Homecoming Can Be Particularly Hard for Female Veterans

In the return to civilian life, many women find that veteran services fall short of their needs. Unemployment rates for female veterans are higher than for other women, as well as for male veterans. Female veterans are at least twice as likely to be homeless than women who haven’t worn a uniform.

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