I have written about the opportunity that Veterans 360 presents for transitioning veterans. For those who may not have read my prior posts on what they do, here is a refresher:
It is very challenging to make a quick and successful transition from military to civilian life. There are many obstacles that you encounter along the way, many new things to learn, and a unique set of experiences that you never want to forget. It can really be daunting and confusing at times for any veteran to make the change back to civvie street.
It is particularly daunting and confusing for those veterans who are struggling with the effects of Post Traumatic and Combat Operational Stress as they leave the military. Combat veterans, in particular, have a more difficult time making the transition. I have spoken with many who are making the shift, and one theme comes through in every conversation: “What am I gonna do now?”
Being a transitioning Marine intimately familiar with the realities of PTSD myself I can fully relate. It is tough to make the change from one way of life to another, and it is much more difficult for those with stress injuries as they wrestle the demons within while trying to adapt to a new life without.
There is an organization that I am affiliated with that aims to help combat veterans successfully navigate the challenges transition. Veterans 360, a nonprofit organization headquartered in San Diego, is kicking off what I believe is a great program to help combat vets make a successful transition.
Here is their mission:
Veterans 360 has a clearly defined mission: to provide recently separated combat veterans with a carefully developed and managed program of support that will help them develop the professional and interpersonal skills needed to succeed in civilian life. Our goal is that through engagement, education, employment and healing, our student-veterans will utilize what they have learned, manage the resources that are available to them and become equipped for an exceedingly successful transition into civilian life.
They help vets by bringing them into an cohesive and immersive environment for the crucial first two months after leaving the service. Veterans 360 brings a dozen or so combat vets together, forming a “squad” that will go through an integrated and comprehensive transition program together. They will work live together, work together, and heal together in an environment that centers around engagement with the local community, education focused on basic skills and vocational training, employment facilitation that will help them find meaningful work, and healing to help deal with PTS.
All of this is accomplished through individual and corporate donations, and not one thin dime of the veteran’s post-service VA or other benefits will be touched. This is a critical point, as many unseemly organizations and “educational” facilities have sprung up with the cloaked goal to separate the veterans from their money. Veterans 360 is proudly not one of them.
Veterans 360 is about to kick off their inaugural squad engagement on April 1st of this year. They are looking for candidates to participate in the program. The details of the initial effort are listed in their recruiting poster:
If you are a combat veteran in the San Diego area who is looking for something innovative to help with your transition, check it out!