Since 2001, approximately 2.4 million troops have been deployed to war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan, and over half of these troops have now returned to civilian life (U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, 2012). Although veterans often feel a deep sense of relief and joy at the prospect of returning home, the journey back to a civilian life is all but smooth (Demers, 2011; Doyle & Peterson, 2005). The process of reintegration – that is, the return home, reunification with one’s family and community, and re-entry into civilian life – is difficult for veterans who have spent time in a foreign and life-threatening war zone (Doyle & Peterson, 2005). Although researchers and civilians acknowledge common struggles such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, and suicidality, they often fail to recognize the challenges of reintegration, which include a crisis of identity and feelings of alienation (Demers, 2011). These additional stressors make returning home a difficult and even harrowing experience, instead of a welcomed relief.
After spending months or even years in a military environment that is radically different from mainstream American society, military veterans often experience a reverse culture shock upon return to the U.S. that is analogous to the acculturative stress of immigrants (Berry, 1997).
Despite having valuable military experience, veterans frequently find it difficult to obtain formal private sector recognition of their military training, experiences, and skill sets through civilian certification and licensure. This also makes it difficult for the private sector to capitalize on the resources and time spent training and educating service members. A good majority of our Veterans enlisted right out of high school. Leaving the security of their family, home, friends and support. While serving in the military, they develop a new community, essential skills including leadership, resiliency, attention to detail, interpersonal skills, teamwork and team-building, supervising, critical thinking, following established protocol, respect for authority as well as learning a valuable and transferable trade.
Carry On will be easing the challenges and stress of reintegration by providing professionally composed resumes and cover letters, thank you notes and references. We will utilize the DD214, a Service Members Certificate of Release, or Discharge, from Active Duty received by all Veterans. This document outlines the Primary Specialty, Record of Service, Decorations and Medals, and Military Education, an outstanding source to summarize transferable skills gained through military service. This resume will be a valuable tool in obtaining gainful employment, a most necessary step to creating new community, obtaining housing, securing healthcare, establishing credit, and restoring one’s personal purpose.
The members of our Armed Forces and their families make great sacrifices in the service of our Nation, and when their service is concluded, we owe it to our veterans and their families to help them accomplish a successful transition to the civilian labor market.
Carry On - Resumes
Our Mission: To respectfully provide all United States Veterans, at no cost, a professionally composed resume, cover letter, reference list, and successful employment advocacy; documenting the individual qualities, skills, education, and training gained during military service and providing guidance into the culture of civilian employment trends. Thus, reducing the stress of reintegration and resulting in productive, successful civilian lives.
“Thank you so much for all your great help with many of my Veterans. It is wonderful that you are able to captivate the skills that our service members have, which are so vital in the work force. I will continue referring Veterans to you. I am so pleased with the help that you have offered them.” Bridget C. Cantrell, Ph.D.