This piece is a follow-up on Twenty Two Years of Service discussed on February 18, 2018. (photo courtesy of the Norfolk Naval Base)
Norfolk- Retired Navy Chief Petty Officer Bryant works in his new position as Senior Logistics Manager as a civilian. Since retirement, he has taken a month off to spend time with family and friends while acclimating back to civilian life.
“The transition from military to civilian life was not difficult for me,” said Mr. Bryant.” I was thankful to find employment in the same field as my military job.”
While military life is very structured and discipline, some men, and women may find the transition to be somewhat difficult after discharge from the service.
The military understands the challenges veterans may face in returning to civilian life and the workforce.
The Armed Forces developed a Transition Assistance Program Workshop (TAP) for all members of the service that are due to discharge within 180 days of separation. The three-day workshop offers assistance with job searches, resumes, and financial services if needed.
“My husband had a smooth transition and was prepared for retirement,” said Laura Bryant. He was on shore duty for the last two years of active duty that allowed his work schedule to be nine to five. So the children and I had become accustomed to having him home.”
The Department of Veteran’s Affairs offers all men and women of the Armed Services transition assistance. For more information contact your local VA Office for services that you may be entitled to.