Overcoming transition challenges
Transitioning from a structured military life to an unstructured civilian life is one of the toughest challenges for many Veterans. For those who went into the military as their first serious, full-time job, it can be quite a shock to immediately have to find your own living accommodations, food, clothing and a source of income. You may have had some classes before you got out, on what to expect and what to do. Fortunately, if you look at our Self-Help page, www.KnowAVet.org print it out and circle the issues most important to you, you can then prioritize them and go back to those pages to find local help both from the government and community resources. And if you want some help working through the options, just click on the “Get Personal Help” button on the right and one of our Champions will be glad to help.
You’ve got this. Your military focus, training and can do attitude will take you far in the civilian world. Once you get your new footing and set your own objectives, nothing can stop you.
Check the “VA on Transitioning from Service” page for complete descriptions and information, with answers to questions like:
What should I know about transitioning from service?
What should I keep an eye out for after transitioning from service?
What can I do about issues related to transitioning from service?
And much more!
Know A Vet? presents this information and these national resource directories, not as a recommendation of any specific service or provider, but as a starting point for your own research.
Please feel free to use the check sheets Before, During and After the Medical Appointment at https://www.knowavet.org/before-during-and-after-a-medical-appointment/and Choosing a Medical Service Provider, at https://www.knowavet.org/choosing-a-medical-service-provider/, to help you in your search for the best help for your individual circumstances.
In addition, there may be other federal, state and local government or private resources for your individual needs. A VSO counselor https://www.knowavet.org/office-of-vet-services/ may be able to help you find them.
While we strongly urge you to take advantage of all you have earned through your service, we understand there are many reasons why you may prefer non-VA service providers. Here are some places to start: