Transitioning for Veterans
Returning to America from a Tour of Duty is Different for Each Veteran
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Because of the wide range of benefits available, its helpful to become fully informed as to your options. Make sure to ask questions if you need help clarifying what is available to you.Veterans Resource Network Veteran Myths
- Myths of Mental Illness:Nothing is wrong with me
- Military recruits are less educated and have fewer work alternatives than other young Americans
- VA Insurance refunds are available
Physical DisabilitiesIts a sad fact of military service that veterans could be wounded in combat. With advances in medicine and physical therapy there are many rehabilitation options available to these heroes.
Disabled Veterans: Opportunities to Use Your AbilitiesPart of the recovery process for a disabled veteran could involve vocational rehabilitation. This resource will help you find employment and adapt to home life with your new concerns.U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service Post Traumatic Stress DisorderPTSD is an all too common concern for veterans of all ages and ranks. The experiences of active combat duty can be a challenge to assimilate once you have returned to your civilian life. Its important to know all the facts about this disorder.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: National Center for PTSDThere is also concern for older vets who might still be dealing with their own combat memories from previous wars.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: PTSD and Older Veterans The current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have presented an influx of returning service men and women who might need help dealing with departure from active duty service.
Iraq War Veterans Organization: PTSD 101Starting a Small BusinessFor employment opportunities, veterans can consider opening up a small business. The Small Business Administration has specific tips and resources available for vets.Small Business Administration: AboutLoansAs part of the far reaching benefits package available to veterans, the US government has a dedicated loan fund set up to help vets with the purchase and refinancing of homes.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Home Loan Guaranty Services InsuranceThere are also specific insurance policies provided by the government with the concerns of the military veteran in mind.U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Life Insurance