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Are You Engaging Your Veteran Constituents In Ways That Inspire Them to Give?

Are You Engaging Your Veteran Constituents In Ways That Inspire Them to Give?

Are You Engaging Your Veteran Constituents In Ways That Inspire Them to GiveOne of the best ways we can feel connected to our local communities and to the world around us is through engagement. This can take many different forms, including doing some volunteer work and making donations or other charitable contributions to causes which matter to us. Spending the time, energy, and funds to do these things truly helps us stay linked to others, but often we get tied up in our own daily lives and lose sight of that fact.

This often happens with military Veterans. Many Veterans constituents who’ve transitioned out of the military face unique social challenges. Studies have shown they are at risk of experiencing isolation and disconnection from the “civilian world” at times. This can lead to undesirable effects on their personal morale and welfare, even leading in some cases to depression. So it’s especially important for Veterans to take part in giving efforts, but how can you engage and inspire them to do so?

Doing great things such as giving back to others has a positive effect on our well being, so one way to inspire others to give is to demonstrate that effect! If there is a charity or cause you’d like to raise participation in, advertise it through flyers, emails, and social media. Explain the problem and the impact that donations have on funding solutions to address it. Show infographics or, when possible, videos featuring the people or places which derive benefit from the help given.

Veterans are highly trained in following procedures and processes. They feel most at ease when they have an understanding of how things work and what the end goal is. So if you’re seeking their involvement in a charitable project, it’s important to take the time to explain clearly what’s going on.

The fastest way to make a Veteran lose interest is to leave details hazy. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recognized this fact when they wrote their Veterans and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): A Guide for Employers. In it, they specify how “breaking complex assignments into smaller, separate tasks” can assist with comprehension in many cases.

So—do that. Walk them through the mission phases of giving:

who it’s for;
what it’s about;
where the impact will be;
when things will change or improve (or whatever is the objective);
why to do it;
how exactly to do it.

Let’s take a look at an example. Say you want your Veteran constituents to consider giving to a local branch of Habitat for Humanity. You might want to start by talking about Veterans Build, which is one of their initiatives tailored specifically towards helping Veterans, service members, their families. That’s the “who.”

Next, explain “what” Habitat for Humanity does for such persons, such as building “safe, decent, affordable housing” as well as repairing existing homes.

If there’s a specific home or area being focused on, tell “where” that’ll be so they know the impact location. Then give a timeline of “when” things will occur, from start to projected finish.

After that, explain “why” the Veteran’s help is needed and then close with a Call to Action telling them “how” they can get involved right away!

Why Military Transition Means More Than Employment & How You Can Thrive Post-Separation

Why Military Transition Means More Than Employment & How You Can Thrive Post-Separation

Thrive Post-SeparationLife holds many major decision points for each of us Veterans. For military members, one of the biggest was the choice to join the service in the first place. Just as significant is the choice to get out. It’s one of the toughest decisions you’ll ever have to make! But once you do, you need to be ready because transitioning back into the civilian world involves much more than just finding a job.

Here’s a few tips to help Veterans thrive during your military transition and long after your separation from service!

During the Transition

House Hunting – Hopefully you know well in advance where you plan to settle down after getting out of the military. If not, it’s something you’ll need to pin down as soon as possible.

Each branch of service offers permissive House Hunting Trip days to help transitioning service members scout around. Don’t let these go to waste. Use them to travel to different towns, perhaps different states, until you pick your dream spot!

Home Buying – Related to house hunting is the decision to buy or not. And depending on many factors, it may or may not be the right time to buy. For example, you’ve decided to move out of state but you haven’t been picked up for a new job there yet. Getting tied to a home mortgage could be a mistake, unless you can ensure you’ll have the income stream to make the payments.

You don’t want to start your post-separation civilian life struggling with an economic hardship. Buying a new home usually comes with many unexpected costs. But if the time is right, we recommend looking into the VA Home Loan program! And don’t forget to check out our free webinar The Art of Military House Hacking.

Medical Disability Claims – Your branch of service should host a mandatory Transition Assistance Program (TAP) or other similar course designed to help you plan ahead. Often, a representative from Veterans Affairs will offer a briefing during this course to help you understand how the VA disability claims process works. Pay close attention and then follow-up with action.

If you don’t get this briefing, contact your personnel section to help put you in touch with a local rep, or contact us to learn about your options. As Veterans, we also tend to suffer from chronic disabilities related to our service. Unfortunately, we also often fail to realize that we should be receiving compensation and benefits from the VA. Test your knowledge about VA benefits with SAVI’s short VA Benefits 101 Survey.

Post-Separation

Stay Fit – Life in the military keeps us in good physical condition, if for no other reason than the fact that we have to pass an annual fitness test. Once that accountability is gone post-separation, don’t just throw away your running shoes and start to skip the gym.

Staying physically active is critical for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It also helps us remain positive through stressful situations (like starting a new civilian life!). There are plenty of fun ways to maintain your fitness level, even if it means switching up your old routine. Maybe get a new workout buddy to motivate you? Whatever works to keep yourself moving and healthy is worth it!

Stay Engaged – Once you’re a Veteran, you’re a Veteran for life! Keeping up friendships can be a challenge when you’re on the go. The great thing about Veteran life is that it’s easy to snap into a new community of prior service members. The trick is actually doing it.

If you find yourself feeling a little disconnected from the civilian world, you may just miss the camaraderie from your time in the military. That’s okay – that camaraderie is still out there! You just have to be proactive and find the Vets in your area. You might start your search with the VA’s Directory of Veterans Service Organizations.

Final Thoughts

Post-separation, you’re in charge of your own transition and your life after the military. Apply the diligence and perseverance you learned in the service to educate yourself and plan for the future. Never settle for less! Because when you take control and steer your own ship, you’ll get where you want to go versus letting the currents whisk you around randomly.

For more great tips, visit our website to learn how SAVI provides the emotional, physical, and mental support you need in your military transition to civilian life. We also offer four comprehensive planning tracks—Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship, and Retirement. And best of all? Enrollment in each of them is absolutely free!

Three Ways Institutions Can Empower Transitioning Veterans with Financial Counseling

Three Ways Institutions Can Empower Transitioning Veterans with Financial Counseling

Three Ways Institutions Can Empower Transitioning Veterans with Financial CounselingIf you’re a financial advisor, banker, or lender, these 3 key points will undoubtedly help you provide solid, actionable financial counseling to transitioning Veterans. Why is that so important? Because after spending years or even decades receiving a steady paycheck and full medical benefits, many military members are unprepared for the economic realities of civilian life.

Too often these Veterans discover that their lack of appropriate financial pre-planning has left them in a severe bind after their transition out of the service. That’s why it is critical to educate Veterans on the key areas which matter most during their transition phase.

Doing so will help them get ahead of their finances before re-entering civilian life. By touching on these critical areas, you’ll help empower them to succeed!

Establish Realistic Expectations

Time after time, Veterans say they faced a “rude awakening” after getting out of the military.They discover that civilian jobs are harder to get than expected and don’t pay as well as imagined. A bulletproof financial plan will put income sources front and center. A Veteran’s civilian job will then be to make that primary source of income a way to replace lost military wages.

But Vets must understand the reality of applying for civilian jobs. It can be a time-consuming process. It may even require several applications and interviews before landing that new career. Veterans frequently assume it’ll be far easier than it actually is, or that because of their military leadership or management experience, employers will be standing in line to offer them jobs. Unfortunately, that’s usually not the case.

By taking the time to outline specifics about which jobs one qualifies for, how much it pays, and how long it might take to get such a job, Veterans can establish realistic expectations. This way they are not caught off guard. It will also help them understand the process of getting that new income stream established as soon as possible. 

Create a Roadmap for Success

Planning ahead for a new job is only one aspect of establishing financial security. Truthfully, transitioning Veterans require a comprehensive roadmap for financial success which includes housing, investments, and educational considerations.

Many military members reside in on-base housing and have never purchased a home. Reviewing the details of how to apply for a home loan and how to use the VA Home Loan benefit is a crucial step. 9 times out of 10, a home is the largest investment a person will ever make. Doing it right the first time can save buyers tens of thousands of dollars. This is not an area for “trial and error.”

Vets also often fail to understand much about their own retirement plan—the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). Veterans who enter federal careers after separating from the military have options to keep investing in their TSP account. Otherwise, they can simply leave their funds alone until they reach retirement age or roll their account into an IRA or civilian employer’s 401(k) plan. Early withdrawal is an option but comes with heavy penalties.

In terms of planning ahead for further education, many Veterans save their Montgomery GI Bill or Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, but then never use them. Such a waste! If acted up early enough, military members can transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to eligible dependents for their use. Many members don’t realize that they can always change their mind later if they decide they want to use part or all of the benefit themselves in the future. But if they don’t elect to make the transfer before separating, they can’t request a transfer later.

Plan Ahead for Taxes

Apart from the above considerations, it is highly recommended for Veterans to understand the tax ramifications of civilian pay versus military pay. Portions of service member paychecks are not taxed and, depending on one’s rank and duty location, that can add up to a significant savings!

The problem is that military members get used to having tax-free Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS), and Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) if stationed abroad. But those tax breaks go out the window once they’re working as civilians, and sometimes that leads to sticker shock when they get their civilian pay stubs.

By understanding the tax ramifications of having all wages eligible for taxation versus only part of them, Veterans can understand what their “take home” pay will be. This will clearly help them forecast their budget and allow them to make a more informed decision regarding tax withholdings.

Final Thoughts

Transitioning out of the military is one of the most financially vulnerable positions Veterans will ever be in. Military-provided Transitional Assistance Programs help but they are rarely sufficient. This is where organizations dedicated to supporting Veterans can do their part to help smooth the transition process and ensure our Vets are taken care of!

For more great tips, download your free copy of “Guide to Growing Your Business with Veterans” and visit our website to learn about SAVI’s organizational and employer certificate programs.

How Understanding VA Benefits Can Increase Your GI Bill Enrollments

How Understanding VA Benefits Can Increase Your GI Bill Enrollments

No matter their size or scope, all educational institutions profit from enrolling Veteran students who receive GI Bill benefits. But many institutions leave it up to the students to determine what they can use their benefits for. The problem is that many students don’t actually know what they qualify unless you tell them!

Before you can explain it to others, you have to understand how different VA educational benefits work yourself. Let’s discuss a few ways VA benefits can increase your GI Bill enrollments.

The Different Types and Uses for GI Bill Benefits

Most Active Duty military members receive and use Tuition Assistance while in the service. But once they separate, they’re considered Veterans. This means they may have qualified for Post-9/11 or Montgomery GI Bill benefits.

Post-9/11 GI Bill

Veteran students who have separated or eligible dependents will commonly use the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33). These may be used to pay for a variety of things, including undergraduate and graduate degree courses. But the benefit can also be used to pay for a range of non-degree vocational or technical training, as well, even when not tied to a university program.

This may include apprenticeships, law school, cosmetology school, entrepreneurship training, or even flight training. The VA will also pay for approved licenses or certification test fees and for certain national exams like the SAT and LSAT.

Students receiving the maximum benefit have all of their public, in-state tuition and fees covered, but the VA does cap rates for private schools. They pay tuition and fees directly to the school, and disburse funds for books and housing to the students themselves.

An added bonus to this benefit is that it can be transferred from the military member to their spouse or children (known as “dependents”) if done within a certain window prior to separation.

Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD)

Before the Post-9/11 GI Bill, there was the Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD) (Chapter 30). This bill pays for the same things as the Post-9/11 GI BIll. Once activated, however, it must be used within 10 years (versus 15 years for the Post-9/11 version). Also, it doesn’t offer a housing allowance and can’t be transferred to dependents.

To get a more detailed view of the differences between the two GI Bills, the VA offers a useful Comparison Tool! It even helps users search for eligible schools.

Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)

All Reserve or Guard members use the Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR), which has most of the same features as the Active Duty version. The main differences are around the eligibility requirements to use it.

Tuition Assistance Top-Up

Sometimes an Active Duty, Reserve, or Guard students will use their Tuition Assistance. Often, the cost of the tuition exceeds the maximum cap paid. In these cases, the student can avoid out of pocket expenses by dipping into their applicable GI Bill in order to pay the difference. This program is known as TOP-UP!

The student’s base of assignment should have an educational office to help them complete the VA Form 22-1990 needed to request this payment.

Final Thoughts

By taking the lead to educate students about their own benefits, schools and training centers stand to maximize enrollments and greatly boost revenue. Also keep in mind that many people joined the military specifically to receive educational benefits, which are a major incentive used by recruiters. That’s why organizations which support Veteran students should understand how to explain and convey the value of GI Bill benefits and help encourage students to sign up for classes!

For more great tips, download your free copy of “Guide to Growing Your Business with Veterans” and visit our website to learn about SAVI’s organizational and employer certificate programs.

How to Become a Corporate Supporter

How to Become a Corporate Supporter

veteran supportThere are countless organizations across the country that are giving time, resources, and money to people and communities in need. From nonprofits like St. Jude to The Wounded Warrior Project, there’s a full spectrum of worthy causes to get behind. One thing these organizations have in common is their need for corporate support and sponsorship in order to be successful. Without the support of corporations, for example, SAVI wouldn’t be able to provide free assistance to transitioning Veterans. And if we couldn’t keep our assistance free, we just wouldn’t reach the same level of Veteran support — meaning hundreds more Vets would continue to be underserved and underutilized.

If your company is hoping to show its support to a special cause, here’s how you can become a corporate supporter and make a huge impact.

General Sponsorship

Make general monetary donations that allow an organization to utilize funds however they wish. This no-strings-attached gift lets organizational leaders put this money toward their greatest needs, without guidelines.

Specific Sponsorship

Maybe there’s new research needed that you care deeply about. Or maybe you’d like your donation to go directly toward a specific program within an organization. Nonprofits are always grateful for gifts that go to specific areas of their cause.

Event Engagement

Because most nonprofit organizations rely on outside support, they often host fundraising events to build awareness and garner donations. As a corporation, you can sponsor one of these events or donate company items, such as gift baskets for silent auctions.

In-Kind Donations

Instead of providing money for an organization to use on needed goods or services, your company could donate those goods or services directly. For example, if you’re in the food industry, you could donate food items to a local food bank. Likewise, if you’re in the construction business, you could provide contracting services to organizations who are building orphanages or homes for those living in poverty. 

Corporate Volunteering

Are you a company of employees who would rather offer a physical presence? Consider organizing a group of employees to volunteer at an event put on by your chosen organization
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The options to give back to causes you admire are endless. And all organizations, even SAVI, are in need of various kinds of donations to continue making a positive impact on those they serve. To learn more about SAVI and how you can become a corporate supporter, contact us today.

Using Your Business Acumen To Support Veterans

Using Your Business Acumen To Support Veterans

Using Your Business Acumen To Support VeteransAs a business professional, you have a certain set of skills that can benefit many. Using your business acumen to support Veterans is one way to use those skills for good. If you’re a business owner, here’s how you can show support to Veterans who are transitioning to the civilian workforce.

Host Entrepreneurial Training For Vets

Entrepreneurship is enticing to military Veterans. In fact, Veterans are 45 percent more likely to start their own business than their civilian peers. This means that as a successful business owner yourself, you have the opportunity to share that good sense with aspiring Vetpreneurs who are ready and willing to take advice from the big leagues. Show your support to Vets by hosting an entrepreneurial training designed specifically for Veterans. There are several ways to showcase your business acumen in this realm: Consider holding a workshop at a Veteran Job Fair or create your own business start-up training program onsite.

Hire Veterans in HR

Understanding all the intricacies of military careers can be tough. Though Veterans are encouraged to translate their resumes into civilian speak when applying for real-world jobs, it’s hardly fair to put all the responsibility on the transitioning Vet. If you’re a company committed to hiring Veterans, consider hiring Vets in your Human Resources department. Many Veterans get passed up for positions because HR is unfamiliar with military jobs and how they can translate to functional, desirable skills in the world of business. By hiring Vets in your HR department, you can help to bridge this disconnect and improve your overall Vet hiring process.

Drive a Veteran Awareness Campaign

Plenty of big organizations have used their brand to spread support for Veterans. The NFL, for instance, created a 2018 Salute to Service program for Veterans Day that donated $5 for every use of #SaluteToService via Twitter. The campaign lasted about a week, and proceeds went to military organizations that provide veterans with professional development opportunities and academic scholarships. This is just one example of how an easy-to-create campaign can make a huge impact. Consider creating your own Veteran Awareness Campaign to show your support to Vets while also associating your brand with a good cause.

Making Veterans feel supported during their military-to-civilian transition is the best way to set them up for a successful life post military. Learn how SAVI can help your business support Veterans by contacting us today.

EDUCATION TRACK

Academic advising, walkthroughs of your VA education benefits … and everything in between.

All transitioning Veterans in SAVI’s programs gain access to our carefully developed tools for post-military students, including the SAVI Student Transition Incubator℠, Student Track Transition Program℠, and Student Benefit Assessment Service℠, as well as our personalized career path determination assistance.

These SAVI instructors and mentors, along with the entire SAVI team, understand that each of our services is vital to a whole life approach to the military-to-civilian transition. We take your unique goals, circumstances, and vision into account as we craft personalized assistance throughout your twelve-month journey with SAVI.  

EMPLOYMENT TRACK

Civilian workplace etiquette, the hiring process, job searches, performance evaluations...and everything in between.

SAVI’s Employment Track delivers start-to-finish support to help Veterans navigate a new career. From skills assessments to professional networking strategies, SAVI offers custom-built tools — including the SAVI Employment Transition Incubator℠, Job Networking & Search Service℠, and Employment Benefit Assessment Service℠ — as well as job retention and mentoring services to help you every step of the way.

These SAVI mentors have been in your shoes and have experience in the unique challenges Veterans may face as they seek employment after service. They are with you every step of the way throughout your twelve-month program, and provide ongoing professional guidance and mentorship throughout your career.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRACK

Value propositions, initial funding, branding, launch strategies… and everything in between.

All transitioning Veterans on this track receive our comprehensive tools for personal business success: the SAVI Entrepreneur Transition Incubator℠ and Entrepreneur Benefit Assessment Service℠, as well as our opportunity consulting and our funding exploration support.

Through your twelve month journey with SAVI, your mentors will guide you through the Entrepreneurship track while providing unique insight and guidance based on their own experience. Whether you are just starting a new venture, or expanding a passion project you created while in the military, our Entrepreneurship team is here for you every step of the way.

RETIREMENT TRACK

VA compensation and benefits, healthcare, financial planning… and everything in between.

All transitioning Veterans on this track receive comprehensive tools for a successful retirement: the SAVI Retirement Transition Incubator℠ and Retirement Benefit Assessment Service℠, as well as our one-on-one ongoing assistance and assessment services. We’re here to ensure you don’t have to muddle through the financial, personal, and emotional aspects of retirement on your own.

Our Retirement mentors know what it’s like to transition from a steady career to retirement, and want to use their personal and professional experience to help you have a smooth transition. Whether you have questions on finances or healthcare, or the more personal aspects of upkeeping emotional health, we are here for you every step of the way.


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Getting Connected with Your Local Veterans Organizations

If you’re a military Veteran, then you’re a part of a very niche group. Active military personnel make up less than 1 percent of the total U.S. population today, so it’s not surprising that so many Veterans feel isolated as they start their transitions into civilian life.

Yet this issue isn’t a new one. Since 1899, organizations like the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and The American Legion were created to offer Veterans a place for camaraderie, to feel empowered, and to help boost troop morale for those still in the service.

Fast-forward to today and Veterans groups have emerged in nearly every community in the country and boast a wide variety of scope and missions — such as the career program by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and the suicide prevention work by The Military Veteran Project. The benefits to getting involved with one of these local groups include much more than just gaining buddies to swap war-stories with. Veterans can also get assistance with job placements, career counseling, emotional support, and finding resources for disabled Vets.

Not sure where to begin to find your local Veteran connections? Here’s a list of a few national Veteran groups with various local chapters across the nation.

The American Legion ​
AMVETS
Disabled American Veterans
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
Korean War Veterans Association
The Military Veteran Project
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Veterans of Foreign Wars
• Student Veterans of America
• Vietnam Veterans of America

For a more comprehensive list of military charities, organizations, and government contacts, click here.

Get Squared Away: A Comprehensive Checklist for Transitioning Service-Members

18 Months Before Your Discharge
• Review GI Bill and tuition assistance benefits
• Review GI Bill transferability requirements (Transferring your benefits may require re-enlisting or incurring an additional service obligation.)
• Use the DoD Online Academic Skills course to prepare for the SAT, ACT, GRE, or GMAT Exams
• Take a skills/interest assessment through your local ESO or career counselor
• Consider taking CLEP exams to complete your general education requirements
• Reach out to your SAVI mentor for tips from someone who has lived through the transition experience -Start developing your personal and professional networks
• Review your post-separation budget, and start planning for your financial transition
• Register on LinkedIn to get ready for networking opportunities
• Research the job potential, affordability, and community where you plan to live

12 Months Before Your Discharge
• Start developing an Individual Transition Plan
• Review your Pre-Separation Checklist (DD 2648)
• Get your Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET) document (DD 2586)
• Research the cost of living where you plan to live as a civilian-Learn about your VA home benefits -Make an appointment with your local Transition Counselor
• Attend a Transition GPS five-day workshop -Check job boards, and start exploring the right career options for you
• Start exploring the right degree and college for you -Request “house hunting orders”
• Enroll in a SAVI Transition Incubator℠
• Use a skills translator to begin developing a civilian resume

9 Months Before Your Discharge
• Continue building your networks through LinkedIn and elsewhere
• Consider an employment assistance program
• Start writing your resume
• Search for jobs in your field and area to see what’s out there
• Arrange for HHG transportation counseling -Research your healthcare options, including Employer-Provided Civilian Care, CHCBP, Transitional Health Care Benefits, and CHAMP
• Make a budget, and prepare to pay for health insurance coverage

6 Months Before Your Discharge
• Start applying for jobs -Start building a wardrobe for the civilian workplace
• Continue to expand your career networks
• Attend career fairs
• Review and update your will and financial documents
• Consider whether to take terminal leave or sell back your balance
• Schedule appointments for household goods (HHG) shipment and storage
• Schedule final medical checkups for all family members
• Visit the Legal Assistance Office for help updating your documents
• Determine if you’re eligible for separation pay or early retirement
•Begin your PCS and housing checkout procedures -Begin looking for VSOs to join

3 Months Before Your Discharge
• Consider job placement services
• Use the VA Pre-discharge program to determine your eligibility for VA Disability Compensation
• Review your finances to ensure your budget will work in civilian life
• Compare SGLI to VGLI and other life insurance options
• Get to know more about where you plan to live
• Contact your Military Treatment Facility, and get copies of all of your health records
• Complete a physical with your MTF or a VA Medical Center
• Take advantage of the two-day TAP GPS program for education and entrepreneurship support

1 Month Before Your Discharge
• Finalize your relocation appointments, and review your benefits
• Arrange for inspection of any government housing
• Choose your transitional healthcare plan

Enrolling in VA Healthcare

1. Make it easier on yourself: Start with support from VA’s Concierge of Care. Enrolling in VA care isn’t as tough a process as it used to be. In October 2017, VA launched its Concierge for Care (C4C) program to enhance its support for transitioning Veterans in getting VA healthcare. The C4C initiative educates and empowers Veterans while simplifying the healthcare application and enrollment process. This means that, shortly after you separate, you’ll get a phone call from a representative who can answer questions, process your VA healthcare enrollment application, and schedule your first VA medical appointment.

2. Get notified of your application status. After your application is submitted, you’ll receive another phone call from VA to let you know whether your enrollment is approved. VA will also send you a Veterans Health Benefits Handbook with information on your healthcare benefits, Enrollment Priority Group, copay status, and other information you’ll need as a new enrollee. Handbooks also include information for appealing a decision if your initial application is rejected.

3. Get your Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC). Only Veterans enrolled in the VA healthcare system can receive a VHIC. Once your application is verified, contact the enrollment coordinator at your local VA medical center to arrange to get your picture taken for the your card either in advance or at your next VA healthcare appointment.

4. Keep your information current after you enroll. Enrolled Veterans can update your personal information (such as income, address, and insurance information) by completing VA Form 10-10EZR online, by visiting a local VA facility, or by calling 1-877-222-VETS between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

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If you’ve been searching for your true purpose in life, Eckhart Tolle has some straightforward advice: Stop struggling. This is because the primary purpose of every human being is simply to be: Be fully engaged in this moment, and be aligned with the natural flow of reality itself.

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This course is designed to show you how to look at what you’re learning, and your place in what’s unfolding in the society around you, so that you can be what you want to be. You’ll see that by using certain mental tools and insights, you can learn and do more than you might have ever dreamed.

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You'll learn how to find your passion and core values, how to apply these values to your own life, how to work well with others, how to communicate effectively, how to set goals, how to use influence to achieve these goals, and even how to say you are sorry. Through exercises, self-diagnostic surveys, quizzes, and many case studies, you'll discover how to define not only what you want, but also the best way to get it. These courses provide key insights into successful personal practices, whether you are in the office or in your home. We all bring ourselves to work every day, and these courses will help you be your best self wherever you are.


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Adrianne Phillips is a service-disabled veteran, who founded Strategic Alliance for Veteran Integration (SAVI) as a reaction to the immense need for support of veterans transitioning to civilian life. After serving in the U.S. Air Force as a combat service-member and Security Forces, Adrianne transitioned out of the military and into civilian life. During this time, she realized that veterans often make the transition with little or no structural support or guidance. This prompted her to spend over 11 years working in the veterans benefit sector, including working in development, adjudication, training, presenting, quality assurance, and division management. In 2011, she started a corporation focusing on event travel management and corporate business travel. In 2017, she harnessed her experience as a veteran, benefits manager, and entrepreneur to found the Strategic Alliance for Veteran Integration with the goal of supporting every service-member’s transition.

Eddy Hansen

Eddy is a retired Marine and a service-disabled veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He currently manages the development of emerging technologies in the Mission Systems division of General Atomics - Aeronautical Systems Inc.

Having experienced first hand the challenges of transitioning from the military, Eddy is passionate about supporting others through the process. He has spent time volunteering with several veterans support organizations and mentoring veterans individually. He was drawn to SAVI through a deep belief in the mission and to focus his efforts toward a larger impact on the community.

In addition to the SAVI board, he sits on the Board of Directors of BIANCA (non-profit supporting autistic children). Eddy holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business. He lives in San Diego with his wife, two teenagers and a Bullmastiff.

Adrianne Phillips

Adrianne Phillips is a service-disabled veteran, who founded Strategic Alliance for Veteran Integration (SAVI) as a reaction to the immense need for support of veterans transitioning to civilian life. After serving in the U.S. Air Force as a combat service-member and Security Forces, Adrianne transitioned out of the military and into civilian life. During this time, she realized that veterans often make the transition with little or no structural support or guidance. This prompted her to spend over 11 years working in the veterans benefit sector, including working in development, adjudication, training, presenting, quality assurance, and division management. In 2011, she started a corporation focusing on event travel management and corporate business travel. In 2017, she harnessed her experience as a veteran, benefits manager, and entrepreneur to found the Strategic Alliance for Veteran Integration with the goal of supporting every service-member’s transition.

Aloysius Teo

Aloysius is an advisor, project manager, mentor & consultant in business & technology strategy. He works with early-stage startups to develop their Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and guiding ideas and concepts into commercially viable solutions. His partnerships with established businesses result in the creation of new verticals and opportunities.

Creative strategist/technologist across multiple industries - healthcare, entertainment & music, MMR, travel, print production, blockchain, crypto-currencies, Big Data & AI. 20yrs technology industry experience and certified AWS APN & mobile technology.

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