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Transitioning to Civilian Employment: 9 Veteran Service Organizations to Know

For many veterans and their families, the shift from military service to civilian employment can be challenging. Annually, about 200,000 servicemembers join the veteran community, with nearly half leaving their first civilian job within a year and around 80% within two years.

They deserve better.

"Transitioning from military service to civilian employment is a crucial step for veterans and their families,” said Jim Whaley, CEO of Mission Roll Call. “It's essential for all organizations to support veterans in finding meaningful employment that challenges them and provides a sense of purpose similar to their military service. Our veterans have unique skills and experiences, and it's our collective responsibility to help them translate those into fulfilling careers."

Fortunately, numerous veteran service organizations are dedicated to assisting veterans and military spouses in finding meaningful employment and successfully navigating this transition. Here, we highlight some of the top veteran service organizations providing invaluable resources and support for veterans seeking employment.

The USO Pathfinder Transition Program offers comprehensive transition services to active-duty service members, National Guard members, reservists, and military spouses.

USO Pathfinder Transition Program

The program provides personalized support, including career counseling, resume-writing assistance, and networking opportunities. Pathfinder Scouts guide participants through various aspects of their transition, helping them achieve their employment and education goals.

Members of The Honor Foundation.

The Honor Foundation is a unique organization that specializes in assisting Navy SEALs and other special operations forces transition to the civilian workforce. Their program includes a three-month intensive curriculum focusing on career development, personal branding, and networking. 

The Honor Foundation also offers executive coaching and access to a vast network of mentors and employers dedicated to helping veterans find fulfilling careers.

USA Jobs for Veterans is an official website of the U.S. government, designed to help veterans find federal employment opportunities. 

Government employment through USA Jobs for Veterans.

The platform provides a wide range of job listings, application tips, and resources tailored to veterans. With a focus on matching veterans' skills and experiences with appropriate federal positions, USA Jobs for Veterans is a valuable resource for those seeking government employment.

The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) offers several programs aimed at helping veterans transition to civilian employment. Their Warriors to Work program provides career counseling, resume assistance, and job placement services. WWP also hosts career fairs and networking events, connecting veterans with potential employers and offering ongoing support throughout the employment process.

Wounded Warrior Project.

Hire Heroes USA team members.

Hire Heroes USA is dedicated to empowering U.S. military members, veterans, and military spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce. They offer personalized career coaching, resume writing assistance, and job search support. 

Their services are free of charge and tailored to meet the unique needs of each veteran, ensuring they are well-prepared for their job search and career transition.

Vets in Tech supports veterans by providing them with the resources, skills, and opportunities needed to enter the technology sector. They offer training programs, workshops, and networking events focused on tech careers. 

Vets in Tech for the growing tech industry.

Vets in Tech also partners with leading tech companies to provide job placement assistance and mentorship, helping veterans leverage their skills in the rapidly growing tech industry.

Bunker Labs is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping veterans and military spouses start and grow their own businesses. They offer a range of programs, including entrepreneurial training, mentoring, and networking opportunities. 

Bunker Labs provides veterans with the tools and support needed to succeed in the business world, fostering a community of veteran entrepreneurs who can share experiences and support one another.

Bunker Labs staff speaking to a crowd.

Gallant Few aims to reduce veteran isolation and support successful transitions by connecting veterans with mentors, resources, and communities. Their STAR (Service, Transition, and Reintegration) program offers personalized mentorship and career guidance, helping veterans navigate the challenges of civilian employment. 

Gallant Few working with veterans.

Gallant Few also focuses on improving veterans' overall well-being, emphasizing the importance of a holistic approach to transition.

Finding Your Tribe: The Importance of Community with Team Rubicon

In addition to finding employment, many veterans seek a sense of community and belonging after leaving the military. Team Rubicon provides an excellent example of how veterans can find their tribe while making a positive impact. Team Rubicon unites veterans with first responders to deploy emergency response teams, leveraging their skills and experiences to help communities in need. By participating in disaster relief efforts, veterans can regain a sense of purpose, camaraderie, and identity.

The importance of finding a supportive community cannot be overstated. Engaging with organizations like Team Rubicon helps veterans build strong social networks, which can lead to better mental health, increased job satisfaction, and overall well-being. These connections provide a support system that extends beyond employment, offering veterans and their families a foundation for a successful and fulfilling post-military life.

Team Rubicon disaster relief.

Transitioning to civilian employment is a significant milestone for veterans, their spouses, and families, and having access to the right resources can make all the difference. The organizations highlighted above provide essential support, guidance, and opportunities for veterans seeking to navigate this transition. By leveraging these resources and finding a supportive community, veterans and their loved ones can achieve their career goals and build a successful post-military life.

For more information on these organizations and other valuable resources, read more of our news and stories and explore the support available to veterans and their families.

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