Education, Employment & Transition

After separating from the military, veterans and their families often experience changes in their family dynamic, psychological needs, careers and education, housing and community, and awareness of (as well as access to) various resources (e.g., health care, benefits, programs, organizations). Transition experiences can have short- and long-term impacts on veterans and their families.

In previous surveys, veteran respondents’ difficult transition experiences have been associated with poor outcomes related to mental health, employment, and community adjustment.

Blue Star Families supports legislation that would ease transition-related challenges for service members and their families.

Recommendations

  • Build strong formal support networks for transitioning service members and veterans aimed at empowering them to develop informal networks in their local communities
  • Empower service members and veterans to quickly locate employment and/or educational opportunities after transitioning
  • Foster smooth and lasting transitions to civilian life by promoting public-private partnerships that incentivize private sector employers to hire veterans, and enable veterans to receive high-quality care as part of their benefits
  • Protect students from predatory lenders and fraudulent for-profit schools, and restore GI Bill benefits to those cheated by fraudulent for-profit schools
  • Close the 90/10 loophole that for-profit schools use to target veterans