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The Civil-Military Divide and the Transitioning Warrior
Our transitioning Warriors face many issues when searching for career opportunities. Stereotypes about returning vets, myths about their capabilities and translating their skills into a new position are among the frustrations that discourage them. Finding the right mentor can mitigate many of these issues. Mentors can give them advice about their resumes, networking, various industries and professional development. There is a compelling case to be made for hiring our veterans and an active, caring mentor can help them find the right place to achieve their potential.
American Corporate Partners writes for Military.com on the merits of mentoring programs for transitioning Warriors: http://www.acp-usa.org/ACP_Program/ACP_In_The_News/acp-value-mentor
Colonel Matthew F. Amidon, USMCR, is the Director of the Military Service Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. Colonel Amidon leads the day to day efforts of the Military Service Initiative and the team leading our policy and programmatic work on veteran transition.
Colonel Amidon has served in both active duty and reserve capacities since 1994. As an AV-8B Harrier pilot, he deployed in support of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, at the operational and staff level. In his current reserve capacity he serves as the Deputy Group Commander, Marine Aircraft Group 41, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, Joint Reserve Base Forth Worth, TX.
Recently, Colonel Amidon was appointed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to the Creating Options for Veterans' Expedited Recovery (COVER) Commission. COVER provides advice to the VA, the President, and Congress, and examines the benefits of integrative treatments for the mental health conditions of veterans. The commission will also analyze the benefits of incorporating complementary and integrative health treatments in non-government affiliated facilities.
Colonel Amidon is originally from Stowe, Vermont and is a graduate of The University of Vermont. He earned his MBA at Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business in 2009. In 2012, he attended The Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy where he earned a Master of Science. Colonel Amidon is married with three children.Full Bio