Appendix 1. Select Columns from “Kevlar for the Mind”

Prepare for Transition to Civilian Life

Originally published March 12, 2012 in Marine Corps Times

As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down and the Pentagon begins to carry out its plans to reduce the size of the military, tens of thousands of service members will leave active duty over the next few years.

Entering the civilian world after spending years in the regimented and often quirky military culture poses a variety of challenges. If unprepared, veterans will have a more difficult time adjusting to their new lives, leading to psychological and social distress.

If you will soon make the transition from 0600 formations and hours of standing in lines that go nowhere to the world of snooze ...

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