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Female Veterans Returning Home Face Issues

Women Veterans: Your opinion should matter and you should be taken seriously in and out of the military. Recently, I have had more female veterans reaching out for assistance in their career search. Come transition, they are finding that their voices are not heard or understood as much as they assumed they would be. Female veterans returning home find ...

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Should I Go Out of State for College? We Can Help You!

The military was never the easy choice. Your options were never cut and dry. Your days were never 100-percent ordinary. All that being said, it is staggering to see the number of members who wish to remain local to attend schools (near base or home town) versus venturing to an out-of-state school to start fresh. Simply ...

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6 Ways to Present Your Core Values in an Interview

What is it that defines a core value? Core values are those traits or virtues that represent an individual's (or organization's) utmost priorities. They are intrinsic, deep beliefs that sit at the core and drive forward a person’s nature. These values are one of the major reasons employers want to hire veterans into their workforce. ...

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Defense Contractor Jobs For Veterans – You’re A Perfect Fit!

Photo Credit: Dan Kuttel   Let us start out with a definition of defense contractor to have a better understanding as to why a veteran career path may correlate. Per the encyclopedia-based definition, “A defense contractor (or security contractor) is a business organization or individual that provides products or services to a military or intelligence ...

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Should I Change My Major? We Help You Answer This Important Question.

Photo Credit: IPFW Just as you didn’t know entirely what you wanted to do in the military, it is perfectly acceptable to not have any idea what your final major or career path will be when you exit the service. It is likely that in your first year of undergrad, you will change your mind ...

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Can You Go to College While Still in the Military? Important Details You Need To Know.

Education is freedom. It provides more opportunities and fewer restrictions in the workforce. While deciding whether or not to obtain a degree may not be a question for some service members, it might be an outlier for others. Completion prior to transition versus post-military is a consistent conundrum. A lot of active duty military ask us, "Can ...

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Jobs For Military Officers After Retirement. What You Need To Know.

Photo Credit: U.S. Army RDECOM There is not a set recipe for success in choosing a civilian employment track. There is not a specific career path outlined based off the rank with which you exit. For the senior military officer, choosing the next step for their career is both easier and more difficult than it ...

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7 Reasons Why Companies Hire Veterans

Photo Credit: David Martín Why do companies hire veterans? It is your work ethic that you bring to the table when you leave the service environment. There are a few key items to keep fresh as you make your military-to-civilian transition. Below are seven reasons why you'll get hired as a veteran and what companies expect when they hire a veteran. ...

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What You Need To Know About Other-Than-Honorable Discharge

Photo Credit: The U.S. Army  Unfortunately, all too often I am asked what members should do if they are discharged with something besides an honorable discharge (like general, other-than-honorable, etc.). First, let us address the different types of discharges: Honorable Discharge If a military service member received a good or excellent rating for their service ...

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Ask Liz: What Factors Make the Military-to-Civilian Transition Difficult?

Photo Credit: The U.S. Army One question that is frequently asked on social media channels and networks by veterans planning on getting out is: “What factors are the most difficult to navigate in the military-to-civilian transition? How can I make it easier for me?” Leaving the camaraderie, adjusting to new medical benefits, dealing with relocation, questioning financial worth ...

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