Before entering the military life, soldiers undergo a ‘boot camp.’ However, transitioning from military to civilian life is an equally tricky process and should be assisted through a ‘reverse boot camp.’
This transition is genuinely a ‘life-altering’ experience and proves to be challenging for most military families. It’s one of the biggest reasons for homelessness and unemployment in veterans.
This blog highlights the difficulties that military families have to endure while transitioning to a civilian way of life.
Adjusting to a Different Way of Life
The military way of life is extremely different from a standard civilian way of life. Being a military personnel is not a job; rather, it’s a way of living. Following civilian laws, looking for job opportunities, learning new skills, and finding insurance, medical and dental services can be overwhelming for most veterans.
Taking up Family Responsibilities
Deployment creates a distance within the military families—not just geographically, but also on an emotional level. Spouses and children, who have learned to live without the veteran’s presence in their home, might find it difficult to adjust to this new way of life.
Veterans have to work on bridging this distance and establish bonds with each member of the family. It might take a while before everyone begins to understand and adjust to these new family dynamics.
Joining the Civil Workforce
While veterans are apt at their military jobs, they find it difficult to utilize these military skills in their ‘new’ civilian jobs. While interviewing for these civilian jobs, employers might not know how to translate the military skillset and put them to good use.
This gap in understanding can be challenging for most veterans and create obstacles in finding the right civilian job, which is why most veterans experience unemployment.
Dealing With Post Traumatic Stress
Military personnel have experienced war traumas that can have devastating effects on their mental health. The development of PTSD can bring back agonizing flashbacks of the war’s terrors and severely impact the veteran’s day-to-day life.
Major studies on war veterans concluded that up to 20% – 30% of war veterans test positive for PTSD. Such individuals need to undergo therapy sessions and proper medication to ensure that they live a stress-free life.
While military veterans are in the process of adjusting to their new way of life, citizens can help make this transition smoother. Fellow citizens can pour in their respect and donations to military families in the form of financial assistance at We Are One, Inc.
Head to our website if you want to learn more about our military family assistance program and how you can make a difference in military veterans’ lives.