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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Successful Delivery of Presents to the Children of Paradise

We put out a call, five days before Christmas, to help the Family Giving Tree sort and wrap thousands of gifts for the children of Paradise/Butte County.  Without hesitation, Veterans and community members answered the call and showed up by the hundreds.  Because of this, Family Giving Tree was able to meet the deadline and … Read more

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

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