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Transitioning A to Z: "U" and "V"

by Military Transition News Staff

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In upcoming issues of Military Transition News, we will be listing everything a service member needs to know about transitioning, from A to Z.

This month, we tackle “U” and "V”

Transitioning A-Z

“U”: Unified

According to, moving and job loss are two of the top five stressors for an individual. Military transition not only weighs heavily on the Soldier, Sailor or Marine, it also affects the people he or she loves the most. It doesn’t take much to imagine the scenario played out when an entire family is dealing with such upheaval and how it impacts the psyche of the service member.

Take a deep breath. Not just you, but everyone in the household. If anyone knows the adversity that life can bring, it’s the families of the U.S. Military. But you’ve undoubtedly witnessed examples of how clear thinking and an ability to stay focused on a task can assist in overcoming difficult obstacles. In addition, keeping communication lines open and collectively taking small steps toward a successful transition are key. When the entire family can exhibit these qualities, then staying Unified as a unit will make the transition manageable.


“V”: Volunteer

Volunteering comes naturally to veterans – you volunteered to serve your country after all! It’s the nature of the service member.

When transitioning, Volunteering is also a great way to network and meet potential job leads. In addition to doing work that’s close to your heart, consider volunteering for positions that might be strategic in terms of your professional goals with an eye to assisting in an introduction to a decision-maker.

Volunteer at a local theater to usher for a special event; volunteer to lead a committee for a relevant civilian professional association; volunteer to give out water at local runs; volunteer to help an association put on a parade or craft fair. There are so many ways volunteering can help build your network. A day out volunteering can be strenuous, but hard work diminishes stress, which could help put you in the right frame of mind for your civilian job search. And it might result in great networking contacts, as well.

See the complete A to Z list.

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