Returning To a Civilian Lifestyle
This can be a transition for all military personnel and their families. Finding a job, managing various life challenges, connecting with friends and family can all become stressful. If that is the case, you are not alone. "We Are Virginia Veterans." Regardless of the era you served, you and your family belong to a community that is unique and can be a great source of strength.
Join our forums or use this site to connect with other veterans or military members who may be experiencing some of the same challenges. There are many quality websites to provide you with information and we have provided several links you may find useful.
Sometimes, however, you may have a question that you just want to ask another person; give us a call at 1-877-285-1299. We will help you navigate the various systems, or connect you with someone who can.
Join The Community
- Connect with a local veteran or friend
- Participate in one of our forums or discussion
- Follow one of our bloggers
Other Useful Resources include:
- Returning from the War Zone: A Guide for Military Personnel- produced by the US Department of Veteran Affairs. Some topics this 16 page guide addresses:
- What common reactions should you expect following the trauma of war? (pg. 2)
- What experiences are you likely to encounter on the home front? (pg. 4)
- How can you positively cope with the transition? (pg. 7)
- What are signs that you or your war buddies might need some outside assistance? (pg. 9)
- Where can you go for assistance? (pg. 14)
- Re-Entry Road Map Guide for Veterans Incarcerated in Virginia - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, Virginia Wounded Warrior Program, and the Virginia Department of Corrections have partnered to provide this guidebook to help veterans and their families achieve their goals for a successful re-entry to their community after incarceration.
- The Real Warriors Campaign - The Real Warriors Campaign is an initiative launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) to promote the processes of building resilience, facilitating recovery and supporting reintegration of returning service members, veterans and their families. Family Section
- VETNET - Powered by Google+VETNET helps Veterans transition from military to civilian life easier with electronic resources for career development. A few of the leading organizations in veteran career development have combined forces to create one, easy place to start.
- After Deployment - Wellness resources for the military community - A variety of resources including self-assessments and information on PTSD, TBI, anger, depression, life stress, work adjustment and much more.
- Catch a Lift (CAL) - is a non-profit organization that assists wounded service members from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars with starting their healing process and maintaining their mental and physical health through physical fitness. CAL provides gifted gym memberships or in-home gym equipment to wounded post 9-11 veterans anywhere in the United States.
- DCoE Outreach Center - answers questions about psychological health and traumatic brain injury 24/7 from members of all the military services (including the National Guard and Reserve), veterans, families, healthcare providers, military leaders, employers & the general public. Contact the Outreach Center by phone: 866-966-1020, email: Resources@DCoEOutreach.org.
- Wounded Warrior Resource Center (WWRC) - a single point of contact providing help for wounded warriors, their families, and their primary caregivers to obtain health care services or benefits information, or to report deficiencies in military facilities or other difficulties getting the support they need. Contact the Wounded Warrior Resource Center at 1-800-342-9647 or firstname.lastname@example.org any time.
- National Resource Directory - an online partnership for wounded, ill and injured Service members, Veterans, their families and those who support them. The National Resource Directory provides access to more than 10,000 services and resources at the national, state and local levels that support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration.
- Military OneSource Call Center and Online Assistance - provides confidential support for Active Duty, Reserve and Guard members and their immediate families anytime and anywhere worldwide. Resource assistance and referral service available 24/7 through toll-free telephone number: 800-342-9647.
- Understanding TBI - 29 minute video - Introduced by General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), provides an overview of traumatic brain injury (TBI). It features the recovery journeys of several service members and their families.
- National Guard Joint Services Support - Transition Assistance Advisors (formerly State Benefits Advisors) assist National Guard members with access to care and enrollment at VA healthcare facilities near their home of record. They also assist National Guard members and their families in applying for other VA entitlements and benefits such as compensation and pension for disabilities, insurance, loan guarantee, vocational rehabilitation/employment (VRE) and educational benefits. Additionally, they work with other Joint Forces Headquarters staff members and Directors of State Family Programs to build a state coalition of support with VA and community organizations for Guard members and their families to access in their community. While the program was set up to primarily take care of Guard members and their Families, Transition Assistance Advisors provide critical support and facilitate the integration for the delivery of VA and community services to all members of the active and reserve components. THE ADVISOR OFFICE IN VIRGINIA: Blackstone, Virginia (434) 298-5315.
- inTransition.com: For service members currently receiving mental health care and are in transition – looking at an upcoming change in status, relocation or return to civilian life – transferring to a new provider can be easy. Contact inTransition.com and you will be assigned a personal coach who will support you as you move between health care systems or providers. Download informational brochure.
- Job Openings: Virginia Employment Commission (VEC)
- Job Searching Tips for the Veteran with PTSD or TBI: Five suggestions to help you improve your odds and transition into a civilian job.
- Assistance in obtaining employment through a LVERs or DVOP: Veterans from all periods of military service are eligible for job referral, job training and job placement assistance through the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), with an emphasis on those veterans who are disabled, minority, female, homeless, and/or culturally or economically disadvantaged. Veterans may access these employment services through a statewide network of VEC Field Operations offices and the Veterans Services Staff (DVOP and LVER) who are assigned to most, but not all, of the VEC Workforce Centers across Virginia. (A LVER is a Local Veterans Employment Representative and DVOP is a Disabled Veteran Outreach Program representative.)
- Mesotheliama & Veterans at abestos.com/veterans is an organization devoted to assisting veterans through their application processes for VA benefits, and helping them obtain the maximum benefits for which they are entitled. Countless veterans are currently suffering from life-threatening illnesses that are a result of exposure to asbestos, a material that was commonly used in hundreds of military applications, products, and ships because of its resistance to fire.The Mesothelioma Center provides a complete list of occupations, ships, and shipyards that could have put our Veterans at risk for developing asbestos-related diseases.
- Housing and Mortgages Guide for Veterans to help veterans and active military to understand the benefits of, types of, and eligibility requirements for VA Loans.
- FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress™) provides resiliency training to military children and families. It teaches practical skills to meet the challenges of deployment and reintegration, to communicate and solve problems effectively, and to successfully set goals together and create a shared family story.
- TRICARE is the health care program for Uniformed Service members, retirees and their families worldwide. Download the informational flyer.
Action Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center(DVBIC)Studies
Tramatic Brain Injury - (TBI)
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