Transitioning from Active Deployment? Now What?

Transitioning from Active Deployment? Now What?

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 11:35am


New stories appear daily about veterans facing challenges when they return from deployments. Whether it’s specific challenges for men or women, or resources available in the United States to help them, it’s a hot topic – and it’s going to remain top-of-mind in coming months and years as millions return home from lengthy deployment.

Just Google “resources for returning veterans” and the stories go on and on, as do the thousands of resources available to help these individuals who are facing unknown challenges as they return to day-to-day life.

We developed and partnered with the New York State Defenders Association to bring the Veterans Defense Program to life with a single mission – to help veterans move forward with their lives.

In May, we launched a free recruitment service for veterans,, to help them connect with potential employers to find solid employment. The service is designed specifically for military personnel transitioning to civilian careers. not only provides matching capability for our returning veterans with employers, but is also capable of addressing the employment transition needs of “wounded warriors” whose combat service has resulted in physical and mental challenges.

There are no other services available to returning veterans that match job candidate profiles with employer requirements. In fact, even the Veterans Employment Center, which was recently introduced by the Department of Veterans Affairs, does not match veterans with employers – it is merely a job board resource. is a recruitment service – not a job board. Veterans simply construct a profile on our site, instead of a resume, and the result is matched with employers in system. This service will always be free for veterans. is also working with the New York State Defenders Association on a new program – the Veterans Defense Program – to help military personnel and veterans who become involved in state criminal or family court matters. This service launched in April 2014 because so many men and women returning from active service found themselves with various legal challenges. The service is available to defense lawyers seeking assistance in representing clients with military backgrounds or public defense programs seeking to improve their ability to serve military families.

If you know a veteran who might need some legal assistance, help is just a phone call away: 585-291-4862.

Resources for Returning VeteransHere are some other resources veterans and their families can check out for help as you decide which direction you’d like to go with your lives.

VA GI Bill Website – This is site that contains all the educational benefits provided by VA with resources to help veterans work toward college degrees or other on-the-job training programs.

inTransition – This is a voluntary program that provides behavioral health care support to service members and veterans as they move through health care systems. Just one, toll-free phone call (800-424-7277) can help provide you with resources you need during your transition period. Learn more.

Moving Forward: Overcoming Life’s Challenges – This is a free, on-line educational and life coaching program that teaches problem solving skills. It is designed to be especially helpful for veterans, military service members and their families.

Real Warriors – This site features stories of service members who have reached out for support, following their journeys. The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury developed this program to help service members, veterans and their families see the possibilities when addressing some difficult challenges life throws at them when returning to civilian life.