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One Size Doesn’t Fit All for Transitioning Veterans

April 4, 2017 3 minute Read by Corporal Jeffrey J. Cleland, USMC, Ret.
The Veteran Employment Transition Roadmap breaks down the steps veterans should take as they make the transition to civilian employment.

The Veteran Employment Transition Roadmap, VET Roadmap, is a first of its kind tool that concisely breaks down the steps veterans should take as they make the transition to civilian employment. The roadmap also delivers a customized path for individual veterans. After all, one size does not fit all when it comes to transition. 

The roadmap was created by the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative. Together, we worked to create this too with more than 50 of the top veteran-serving organizations and thought-leaders from the public, private, nonprofit, philanthropic, and academic sectors. 

I have been working with veteran non-profits since 2014 and would be a wealthy man if I had a dollar for every time I heard a veteran say, “I wish there was one place with all of these resources that was easy to navigate.” Now, there is a product that maps out the process of transition. And it does so by offering leading resources and articles, all of which can help transitioning service-members and veterans navigate the transition to civilian employment. 

There is a large need for the tools and resources highlighted in the VET Roadmap, too. Consider these numbers: 

  • More than 250,000 service-members are transitioning from the military every year;
  • 100,000 veterans graduate from college campuses every year; and
  • 50% of service-members who recently left the military already are looking for their second civilian job.

 To be sure, there is no “magic bullet” to landing a job after the military. But the tools and resources in the VET Roadmap can enable a successful transition. 

For that reason, we ask that you share this roadmap with your veteran and service-member friends and family. What’s more, these resources, as well as other resources from Hiring Our Heroes, are free. They come at no cost to veterans and service-members. 

Visit the www.VETRoadmap.org and see for yourself the work being done on behalf of those who served our nation.

 


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Corporal Jeffrey J. Cleland, USMC, Ret.
Corporal Jeffrey J. Cleland, USMC, Ret.

Cleland is the Manager of Research and Policy for the Military Service Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute where he specializes in employment transition as well as collective impact in the military/veteran space.  Prior to joining the Military Service Initiative, Cleland was the Director of Innovation and Operations for the Community Engagement & Innovation team at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF).  He developed and managed initiatives in support of establishing, executing, and maintaining oversight of collective impact projects under the technical oversight of the Community Engagement team (AmericaServes). 

Cleland was an Infantry Machine Gunner (0331) assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, Fox Company, and was retired from the United States Marine Corps in July 2008 due to injuries sustained while fighting in the surrounding towns of Fallujah, Iraq.  Upon retirement, Cleland returned home to pursue his education at Syracuse University.  He currently resides in his hometown of Camillus, NY with his wife Kimberly, son Colton, daughter Charlotte, and dogs Benelli and Nova.  He holds a B.A. in Policy Studies (Public Affairs) with a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Creative Collaboration and Conflict Resolution.

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