SNU publishes e-book to help veterans integrate into civilian life
The resource offers a step-by-step guide to tackling common challenges after retirement from the military
Posted: October 21, 2021 at 7:56 a.m. CDT
THE CITY OF OKLAHOMA, 21 October 2021 / PRNewswire / – University of the South Nazarene (SNU), a private Christian liberal arts university that offers flexible graduation and graduate programs for working adults through its College of Professional and Graduate Studies, today announced the publication of the Ebook “Life after the Army: How to plan your next step and assimilate into civilian life.” The book provides a comprehensive overview of the steps veterans must take before retiring from the military.
An assimilation checklist outlines the steps veterans should take in the three years leading up to retirement.
Preparing to leave the military takes a lot of planning – more than many people realize at first. In order to address potential obstacles, the e-book delves into the common challenges that military personnel face while re-adjusting to civilian life. Additionally, an assimilation checklist outlines details veterans should consider and actions they should take in the three years leading up to retirement.
“Retiring from the military is an important transition, and many veterans are caught off guard when they make the transition,” said Marc Nadig, Director of SNU’s Veterans Education Transition Services (VETS) Center and Army Veteran. “We wanted this book to provide assistance and advice that would help them navigate through an often uncertain time.”
In addition to tips for preparing for retirement, the e-book offers tips for success after retirement. These considerations encompass everything from practical advice on finding employment and networking to the emotional transition of the military by allowing time to decompress, maintain a schedule, and connect with local veteran resources.
Nadig also shares the lessons he learned when he retired from the military four years ago, after 24 years of service. His personal story tells about how he should have prepared for retirement, the mistakes he made, the challenges he faced and how he was able to move forward successfully.
“I would have liked to have better understood how to prepare for my transition to a new career after I retired from the military,” he said. “There was a lot of anxiety and frustration during those first few months, but the support of my family and valuable mentors helped me through this ordeal. I hope this guide will make the transition easier for other Veterans so that they can embrace their future with enthusiasm. “
The SNU’s commitment to veterans was recently recognized when he was appointed College of Distinction, with special recognition for excellence in military support. The full-time staff of the VETS center, whose offices are located both on the Bethany and Tulsa campus, offers educational benefits, career transition programs and academic support, while connecting veterans with valuable community resources.
“Life After the Army: How to Plan Your Next Step and Assimilate to Civilian Life” is available here.
Founded in 1899, University of the South Nazarene (SNU) seeks to make Christlike disciples through higher education in a Christ-centered community. Its College of Professional and Graduate Studies is designed for working adults, offering graduation and graduate programs to prepare them for success in their individual career paths. All classes are held entirely online or in person one evening per week, so students can achieve their goals while working full time and caring for a family. With campuses in Bethany and Tulsa, as well as classrooms Del Town, various satellite locations and online options, there are opportunities to learn from virtually anywhere.
For more information visit https://pgs.snu.edu/.
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