Nothing can really compare to the difficulties experienced while in combat; but when combat is over, the trials can continue for veterans returning home. The shift from a combat zone to the homefront can be difficult. When coming home, there are a few steps service members can take to help them reintegrate with their family, community and society.
Strangely, one of the most difficult things when coming home is reconnecting with friends and family. During a service member’s time away, people move on with their lives. New connections may be made, while others are lost. While the immediate family will usually be there, a service member’s extended support network may have broken down, leaving them feeling lost. It’s important for service members to give each relationship a little time, whether it’s with a spouse, child, parent or friend. Talk things through and, after an awkward period, most relationships will fall back into sync and home will feel like home again.
The military, along with many states and communities, have a host of resources available for service members returning home. Taking advantage of these resources will not only make the transition easier, but will help service members avoid some of the concerns that may that lie in their way. The mission of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) is to give veterans some advice on how to get acquainted with life back home, how to find employment and how to explore educational opportunities. Taking advantage of TAP and other programs offered can go a long way to making the transition smooth.
While quickly getting a civilian job may be a goal for many veterans, some of them may find that they do not qualify for the jobs they really want. In this instance, going back to school should be a priority, but finding the time isn’t always easy. Luckily, the growth of online bachelor degree programs has made this obstacle a bit easier to handle. By choosing to get a bachelor degree online, combat veterans have the option of getting on with their lives while still working toward their future. Online degree programs can offer veterans the ability to fit school in around their social or work agenda so they can actively work on assimilating into their day-to-day life while still pursuing additional education.
No set of tips or advice can full prepare veterans returning home for some of the difficulties they may face, but understand that as confusing and emotional as the first few months may be, things can get better. By actively working to improve their relationships and their life as soon as they return home, veterans stand a better chance of navigating the whole transition. There will always be bumps along the road, but by taking advantage of the services that are available and by putting together a strong plan for the future, the transition can be that much easier.
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