Transitioning from a military career to a civilian career can pose major challenges for some veterans.
Several organizations have risen up to help vets shift gears.
Business Insider also spoke with a number of military veterans who shared their best tips for their fellow veterans.
This Veterans Day, Americans will take time to commemorate those who lost their lives while serving in our nation’s military.
But what of those individuals whose time in the military is coming to an end? What resources and insight can be offered to the men and women transitioning from the military back to civilian careers?
A number of organizations including American Dream U, the Honor Foundation, CivCom, The Mission Continues, the Heroes Journey, and Victor App, strive to provide support for this community of veterans. Certain companies also strive to hire veterans and provide military-friendly environments.
Business Insider spoke with 10 veterans from several different branches of the military about transitioning back to civilian careers.
Here’s their best advice for people considering leaving the military:
This story was originally published on May 29, 2017.
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Omari Broussard joined the Navy about three weeks after graduating high school at the age of 17. He said he enjoyed his subsequent 20-year career, during which he rose to the rank of Navy Chief. However, as the father of six kids with an interest in starting his own business, he knew at some point he’d have to move on.
“I loved it, but it was a conflict, between missing out on family time and becoming and entrepreneur,” he told Business Insider.
Broussard said that the most crucial part of transitioning from military to civilian work is preparation. It’s advice he’s shared with his fellow attendees at American Dream U, an organization that helps veterans transition to civilian life.
“As a military member, you only get so much time to prepare, but that doesn’t mean you don’t get any time to prepare,” said Broussard, who is now the founder of counter-ambush training class 10X Defense and author of “Immediate Action Marketing.” “I retired in 2015. My preparations for getting out started in 2007.”
Getting ready included earning his degree in organizational security management at the University of Phoenix, becoming a firearms instructor on the side, and laying the groundwork for founding his own business.
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