I am a Veteran.  There, I said it!
I am proud of my military service but for a long time, I hadn’t considered myself a Veteran.

Yes, I’m there somewhere. I always felt safe with these guys.

About a year after returning from deployment, I retired from the California Army National Guard (CAARNG).  I thought I was ready and knew how to transition back to civilian life because I already had one deployment under my belt (my husband deployed in 2005), I counseled soldiers with transition plans and what to expect after deployment, and everyone in my unit came home in one piece.   It was a job, it needed to be done, and I breathed a sigh of relief when everyone made it home. I had a plan and I thought I had it all figured out.  Boy, was I wrong.  I never expected to miss my fellow soldiers, to miss that sense of belonging and being understood, to feel loneliness and to begin to realize how much I marginalized the scope of my responsibility during deployment.  I became disoriented and lost my sense of purpose.

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Military Transition-Career Management: American Job Centers

  Military transition is difficult enough when returning to civilian life.  Imagine what that translates to when it comes to employment search.  Do you know what your Military Occupation Specialty/Military Occupation Code (MOS/MOC) translate to in a civilian job?  Have you gone through the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) before you left the military?  Have you … Read more

San Jose State University Virtual Tour

San Jose State University (SJSU) is a military friendly school and a fantastic place for transitioning veterans to attend.  Their Veteran Resource Center (VRC) is a wonderful place to find information, hang out with fellow service members and students of the military family.  Their staff are always available and very helpful in helping students navigate … Read more

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