Overall, for many veterans establishing a transition program or plan is necessary whether they are looking to use the GI Bill and go to college or find employment after military service. Sometimes the military training veterans have does not translate well into the civilian world.
Career interest inventories may be able to assist servicemembers transitioning out of the military in discovering true interests, strengths and things they are passionate about which may give them ideas on what they may want to do after military service.
The National Career Development Association site located here has many useful resources.
VA Educational and Vocational Counseling Available
Free Educational and Vocational Counseling (Chapter 36) services are provided to:
- Transitioning Servicemembers who are
- within six months prior to discharge from active duty,
- within one year following discharge from active duty or
- Current beneficiaries of educational assistance under Chapters 30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 1606, 1607, and
- Veterans and qualified dependents who are eligible for and have entitlement to education assistance under Chapters30, 31, 32, 33, 35, 1606, 1607
- Counseling to facilitate career decision making for civilian or military occupations
- Educational and vocational counseling to choose an appropriate civilian occupation and develop a training program, or
- Academic and adjustment counseling to resolve barriers that impede success in training or employment
Veterans On-line Application: http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp
VA Healthcare Application: https://www.1010ez.med.va.gov/sec/vha/1010ez/
VA Forms: http://www4.va.gov/vaforms/
State Resources: http://www.va.gov/landing2_locations.htm
OEF/OIF Program: http://www.oefoif.va.gov/
Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment: http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/
Women Veterans: http://www1.va.gov/womenvet/