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Sign this petition to tell the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs that our military personnel deserve a better transition program prior to leaving the service so they are ready when they reenter civilian life.

They served our nation proudly, and they've earned all the resources we can give them!

With veterans facing problems like epidemic suicide rates, unemployment, homelessness and other personal issues, there needs to a comprehensive troops leaving the military to be prepared for civilian life.

A "reverse boot camp" style training program [1], run by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, would give our veterans the skills and knowledge they need to find good jobs, apply for college, purchase a home, understand the benefits available to them through the VA, and deal with any social or psychological issues that may interfere with a smooth transition from a military career.

The Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs currently conduct transition assistance programs, but there are large gaps in the programs, and a lack of cohesive training that prepares veterans for the transition into civilian life, a new career, or higher education [2]. Private organizations exist to help pick up the slack, but those are often targeted at specific veteran groups [3]. The training needs to come from the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, and it needs to begin well before troops get their discharge papers.

By properly preparing our veterans for life after the military, we can help decrease unemployment, homelessness, and suicides while at the same time getting some of our country's best and brightest integrated into our schools, neighborhoods, and the workplace [4].

The United States has the best trained military in the world. Each branch carefully trains our troops to become warriors to defend our nation's freedoms. But after years in the military, many need assistance transitioning or adjusting to civilian life. We need a comprehensive training program to prepare our veterans for life after the military, and it needs to happen right now!

Veterans leaving the service today are facing rising unemployment, homelessness, medical issues including PTSD, and a tragic suicide rate. They receive the best training for military life while serving, but without the proper training to reintroduce them into civilian life many are being set up to fail.

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Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs:

The men and women of the United States military are some of the hardest working, disciplined, dedicated, and well-trained individuals. Yet, despite their training and character our veterans are plagued by a number of issues that hinder them in civilian life once their service in the military is completed. A comprehensive discharge training program for military personnel is needed to adequately prepare them for work and life after the military.

While recognizing that transition assistance programs are currently in place for military personnel leaving the service through the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs, there are disparities in those training programs that need to be fixed, and a more thorough, individualized, and comprehensive training program needs to be implemented right away.

Unemployment among veterans has skyrocketed, with current sources showing 6.3 percent unemployment young veterans just leaving the military. The mental strains of combat can be seen in the number of veterans dealing with PTSD and the tragically high suicide rate. Homelessness continues to be a problem for too many veterans as well. They deserve an individualized training program to prepare them civilian life.

The current transition assistance programs run by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have problematic shortcomings for fully preparing veterans to enter civilian life with the best chances of success. The Department of Defense runs the "Accessing Higher Education" training program, but the Department of Veterans Affairs runs the benefits program for higher education. The same training program also fails to address non-traditional education options, such as vocational schools, which are only covered in a different training program. A member of the service may not know which program would best suit their needs, and thus many are missing out on vital information and training.

According to Task and Purpose, only around 40 percent of service members take part in the education training programs alone, while others are likely electing to not go through other transition programs to help them acclimate to civilian life. Our military would never allow its service members to go without proper training while serving in the military, and they should not be going without the proper training for civilian life at the end of their service either.

A comprehensive transition training program that covers all aspects of civilian life – including education, employment, housing, medical needs, and benefits – for all service members must be created and implemented, along with individualized assistance programs covering issues such as medical needs, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other personal issues.

In 2015, the Veterans of Foreign Wars testified before Congress on the issue of transition assistance programs and stated that many veterans were unable to participate in all training programs, even the ones which they wanted to go through. Creating a comprehensive transition program for all discharging service members would eliminate this problem.

A number of private organizations exist to aid veterans' transition into civilian life, or to help them overcome obstacles that arise in the months and years after their service has ended. The very existence of these organizations is evidence of the shortcomings in the current transition assistance programs offered. The military itself would be the best authority to help veterans in their transition out of the military, and veterans would naturally benefit from having that training before they are discharged instead of needing it later when problems arise.

Our veterans need to be set up for success in civilian life, with every opportunity afforded them and all relevant information given to them. Just as the United States military puts each service member through boot camp and training to train them and turn them into military personnel, each service member should go through an equally rigorous training program at the end of their service to equip and prepare them for civilian life.

I implore the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs to implement a comprehensive transition training program for all discharging service members to prepare them for life outside the military; to assist, inform, and prepare them for employment, education, housing, medical needs, benefits, and adjustment from military to civilian life.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jun 20, 2018 Shirley Bresee
Jun 19, 2018 Roxanne Asel
Jun 18, 2018 Kristen Lightbody
Jun 17, 2018 Robert Krone
Jun 17, 2018 Will Evans
Jun 16, 2018 s c
Jun 16, 2018 Kathleen Tashiro
Jun 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 15, 2018 Penny Gregorich
Jun 15, 2018 Sue Lindley
Jun 15, 2018 kimberly maxey
Jun 15, 2018 Donna Batten These guys & gals need help getting back into civilian life. Sometimes it might be just one person showing they care but we all need to pitch in and try to make them feel comfortable.
Jun 15, 2018 Julie Needham
Jun 14, 2018 Cara Stanley
Jun 14, 2018 Bonnie Oliver
Jun 14, 2018 S S
Jun 14, 2018 Tiffany Ash
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Jun 14, 2018 David Wilson
Jun 14, 2018 Kelly Overacker
Jun 14, 2018 Jennifer Arnold
Jun 14, 2018 Joseph Sebastian
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Jun 14, 2018 Lasha Wells
Jun 14, 2018 Thomas Crothers
Jun 14, 2018 Stacey Lightfoot
Jun 14, 2018 Joan Sadlo
Jun 14, 2018 Karen Supplee
Jun 14, 2018 M.C. Douglass
Jun 14, 2018 Patricia Dangle
Jun 14, 2018 Diane Pease
Jun 14, 2018 Dawn & Ken Richardson
Jun 14, 2018 Marianella Torres
Jun 14, 2018 ronald kipper
Jun 14, 2018 HOLLI WRIGHT
Jun 14, 2018 Gioia Mancuso
Jun 14, 2018 Terri Hughes
Jun 14, 2018 jole Lheureux
Jun 14, 2018 Terri Sammarco
Jun 14, 2018 Pamela Krueger
Jun 14, 2018 Christina Edwards
Jun 14, 2018 Renee Reyes
Jun 14, 2018 Carol Brady
Jun 14, 2018 Patricia Flanagan
Jun 11, 2018 Kimberly Rossi
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Jun 4, 2018 Debra Tate
Jun 4, 2018 Penelope Allingham
Jun 4, 2018 Madeleine Norris

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