Thoroughly planning for post-military life is a crucial way to ensure it’s a success. Studies show that 27% of people who transition out of the military find it tough. If you’ve had to quickly go back to normal life after experiencing a military-related injury, it can be even harder as the decision has been taken out of your hands. So, let’s find out how best to adapt to post-military life.
Boredom and loneliness are common complaints from ex-military. Almost 57% say they sometimes feel lonely after serving in the military. You’re more likely to feel this way if you’ve got an injury that makes it difficult for you to get around. But as loneliness is associated with poor mental health, it’s important that you keep busy. Spending time completing a Transition Assistance Program will benefit you and could help you to secure a new job. Meanwhile, a physical rehabilitation program is a good way to keep you active and support your recovery after your injury. Even simple things, such as meeting up with friends, video calls with family, and planning a food shop will fill your time.
Sort Out Cash Flow
It’s common for ex-military to have financial issues. Research has found that 35% of veterans have problems paying their bills and that their problems usually start while they’re in the military. Having had to leave the military due to injury, you’re sure to worry about your cash flow, so you need to get to grips with it as soon as possible. If your injury has resulted in a disability, you can use a VA disability calculator to see whether you’re due any compensation. The amount you’ll get will depend on your disability and whether you have any dependents. Bilateral factors and secondary service connection will also be considered.
If you still have money worries after reviewing your VA disability eligibility, there are other organizations that offer financial help to injured veterans. These include:
- The National Association of American Veterans
- Veterans of Foreign Wars
- Operation First Response
- Semper Fi & America’s Fund
These organizations offer support for lots of things, including rent, food, clothing, housing, transportation, and bedside support.
Seek Out Support
Leaving the military is tough and when you’ve got an injury on top of it, it can feel overwhelming. Many ex-military personnel abuse substances to deal with both the emotional and physical pain. It’s easy to fall into this hole, but by seeking out support from various people and organizations, you’ll give yourself the best chance of successfully transitioning to civilian life. Reaching out to friends, family, your family doctor, and other ex-military are some great ways to get the right help and support. There are also military support groups you can join, such as Soldiers’ Angels and the Vet Center Program.
There’s no denying that adapting to post-military life with an injury is challenging. But, the good news is that there is lots of support out there and plenty of things you can do to make the transition as smooth as possible.