The transition from active duty to civilian life can be a daunting process for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Roughly 250,000 individuals find themselves navigating their way through the separation process – in which they determine where to live, what do to, how to engage in their family or community, or simply how to best utilize VA benefits post-service.
Ignite Digital Services assists national security and government defense organizations by optimizing program integration and empowering operational decisions critical for success, so we know not only the importance of our service men and women, but also the opportunities and challenges they may face over the course of their careers.
It has us wondering: what advice can we offer veterans who are transitioning to civilian life from the armed services?
3 Ideas for Transitioning to Civilian Life
1. Look for the Right Community
We might be bias, but Charleston, South Carolina – where Ignite Digital Services is headquartered – ranks among the top places for veterans to live as they transition to civilian life. A vibrant and supportive coastal community, Charleston offers some of the best of cultural, recreational, historical and civic pursuits veterans might enjoy. And with the Joint Base of Charleston, located a short 25-minute drive outside of downtown Charleston, veterans are finding so much here that can help ease the transition.
2. Find Your New Team
Leaving the armed forces means leaving the camaraderie that has likely defined your service experience. Finding the right team to jump to is even more important for veterans. We understand that supporting our clients means first supporting our internal team members – veterans included. We are proud to employ veterans on our team, as their insights, their dedication and their expertise are invaluable to our work igniting digital transformations. In return, our team members can expect an environment where innovation, collaboration and growth define their careers.
3. Don’t Forget About Veteran Resources
Alongside community and professional offerings, the Department of Veterans Affairs developed a comprehensive transition platform, Military to Civilian Readiness Pathway (M2C Ready), with resources for pre- and post-separation. Everything from the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) to the VA’s Solid Start is centered on giving veterans the tools you need to be successful in your chosen path.
Searching for Employment After Service
One of the keys to successfully transitioning to civilian life after service is securing a rewarding career outside of the U.S. Armed Forces. At Ignite Digital Services, we are committed to offering opportunities to U.S. veterans so they can continue to have a meaningful impact on their country, while also providing unmatched healthcare, team member support, and more.
Browse our open roles to see where you may find your fit at Ignite Digital Services.