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October Newsletter

Welcome back to SAVI’s monthly e-newsletter! This month, we’re excited to announce our preparations as we move into the final stretch of 2018!

There’s something valuable to read whether you’re a service-member, Veteran, family member, employer, VA staffer, or even a Veteran advocate.

What is SAVI all about?

The Strategic Alliance for Veteran Integration (SAVI) is a national nonprofit dedicated to providing education and resources to military Veterans transitioning into civilian life and to the organizations that support them. Our whole-person approach is different from anything else out there, and aims to provide comprehensive benefits understanding to every Veteran.

Upcoming Events

Transitioning Smartly Webinar – November 2018

SAVI is excited to work with one of our amazing volunteers to provide a comprehensive, informational financial webinar for transitioning servicemembers. Want to learn how to Transition Smartly? Register here to be notified when the webinar is scheduled!

SAVI Holiday Gift Guide Release – November 2018

We are working hard here at SAVI to create a comprehensive holiday gift guide for you this holiday season. In support of our Amazon Smile initiative, we’ve created an Amazon gift-guide that you’ll use for all of the friends and family in your life. Don’t miss out. Register to receive the gift guide today!

Nearly Naked Ruck March – February 2019

We know, February seems far away, but we are too excited not to share this! SAVI is putting together it’s very own team for the Nearly Naked Ruck March in San Diego and Los Angeles this February. Interested in learning more about this amazing program put together by 23rd Veteran? Want to volunteer to participate with SAVI? Click here to learn more.

WhiteSpace + SAVI: Supporting Veterans Transitioning Into the Civilian Workplace
During a time of transition, the civilian sector can seem chaotic for new Veterans. That’s why this partnership is so valuable. WhiteSpace helps ensure that these employees and their employers have the tools they need for success at work, which is an important part of whole-life reintegration for our Veterans.

Qgiv + SAVI: Giving Veteran-Focused Nonprofits a Fundraising Boost
This partnership allows SAVI to share resources and tools that will maximize our nonprofit partners’ efficiency. Qgiv has an amazing platform that will support their fundraising efforts, and we’re happy to partner with them and give back to the Veteran community!

23rd Veteran + SAVI: Assisting Veterans with Positive Reconditioning
We’re honored to work alongside another nonprofit whose sole mission is to create a friendly transition to our military Veterans. Not only are they focused on Vets currently transitioning from military to civilian life, but they also assist those who are still struggling even after transition.

Blog Highlights: Get Tips to Improve Your (and Their) Transition
Our blog brings SAVI readers only the best tips for improving the Veteran-to-civilian transition. Posts from July offer relocation advice to Veterans, help employers understand their Veteran employees, and share a Marine’s personal story transitioning into the civilian world.

Because we know the road to mission success requires many hands, we’re grateful to have all of you on our team. We hope you’ll share our story and continue to support a whole-life transition for Veterans.

August Newsletter

This month, we’re excited to announce three brand-new partnerships and highlights from our blog.

There’s something valuable to read whether you’re a service-member, Veteran, family member, employer, VA staffer, or even a Veteran advocate.

Partnership Announcements

WhiteSpace + SAVI: Supporting Veterans Transitioning Into the Civilian Workplace
During a time of transition, the civilian sector can seem chaotic for new Veterans. That’s why this partnership is so valuable. WhiteSpace helps ensure that these employees and their employers have the tools they need for success at work, which is an important part of whole-life reintegration for our Veterans.

Qgiv + SAVI: Giving Veteran-Focused Nonprofits a Fundraising Boost
This partnership allows SAVI to share resources and tools that will maximize our nonprofit partners’ efficiency. Qgiv has an amazing platform that will support their fundraising efforts, and we’re happy to partner with them and give back to the Veteran community!

23rd Veteran + SAVI: Assisting Veterans with Positive Reconditioning
We’re honored to work alongside another nonprofit whose sole mission is to create a friendly transition to our military Veterans. Not only are they focused on Vets currently transitioning from military to civilian life, but they also assist those who are still struggling even after transition.

Blog Highlights: Get Tips to Improve Your (and Their) Transition
Our blog brings SAVI readers only the best tips for improving the Veteran-to-civilian transition. Posts from July offer relocation advice to Veterans, help employers understand their Veteran employees, and share a Marine’s personal story transitioning into the civilian world.

Because we know the road to mission success requires many hands, we’re grateful to have all of you on our team. We hope you’ll share our story and continue to support a whole-life transition for Veterans.

June Newsletter

Our mission is to empower veterans and their supporters through education and strategic partnerships. We are here to help you envision and then act on your ideal life post-separation.

Welcome to our first e-newsletter! Already the news at SAVI is big: We are officially launched as of June 1! Check out some of the highlights below from our brand-new website, social media outreach, and blog posts. There’s something valuable to read whether you’re a service-member, Veteran, family member, employer, VA staffer, or even a Veteran advocate.

What is SAVI all about?

The Strategic Alliance for Veteran Integration (SAVI) is a national nonprofit dedicated to providing resources to military Veterans transitioning into civilian life and to the organizations that support them. Our whole-person approach is different from anything else out there.

Where do YOU fit into all this?

Well, we can’t do this alone. Consider helping spread the word about SAVI’s unique mission for Veterans by following us on Facebook and LinkedIn or by sharing this news with other organizations and Veterans you feel might benefit from connecting with us (simply forward this email).

Our various volunteer opportunities are a great way to put your professional skills to work for an important mission.

Become a Veteran-Friendly Workplace

SAVI helps empower employers and organizations to serve the Veteran community better, as finding a well-suited career path is one of Veterans’ greatest challenges. Our organization certificate and employer programs are designed to help you strengthen the way you recruit, retain, and engage Veteran workers. No matter the sector (nonprofit, public, or private), everyone can benefit from a more transition-friendly environment. Click here to learn more.

Get Tips to Improve Your (and Their) Transition

Our blog brings SAVI readers only the best tips for improving the Veteran-to-civilian transition. Two recent posts give advice to Veterans to better understand their marketable skill sets as job-seekers and to employers to better leverage these skills to grow their business.

· 5 Skills You Didn’t Realize the Military Gave You

· Leveraging the Skills of Your Veteran Employees

Because we know that the road to mission success requires many hands, we’re grateful to have all of you on our team — especially at this early stage.

We hope you’ll feel inspired to share our story and work with others in your network and continue to support a whole-life transition for Veterans. Stay tuned for more soon!

-Adrianne Phillips

Our Blog

How To Find Your Purpose After Transitioning Out Of The Military

How To Find Your Purpose After Transitioning Out Of The Military

A career dedicated to the military is one deeply embedded with training, organization and purpose. However, when the time presents itself, a post-military life can be intimidating. We can begin to doubt ourselves both personally and professionally. It’s important to...

How to Use Your Military Leadership to be Effective in Business

How to Use Your Military Leadership to be Effective in Business

In many ways, the military prepares its members for service well beyond the parameters of its branches. The leadership skills alone that are pushed upon soldiers are unparalleled in the civilian world. And with a quick Google search, it’s easy to see how these...

What’s Important to You in a Post-Military Location?

What’s Important to You in a Post-Military Location?

What's Important to You in a Post-Transition Location? From Austin to Colorado Springs to Seattle to Boise, there are so many U.S. cities that cater to the Veteran community in a way that makes them desirable for a post-separation dwelling. But as with each of these...

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EDUCATION TRACK

Transitioning into higher education after years of military service can seem overwhelming. But SAVI’s Education Track is designed specifically to support Veterans like you from start to finish — 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. Each of these services is vital to a whole life approach to the military-to-civilian transition. 

EMPLOYMENT TRACK

Continuing on your professional journey after military service can be an amazing opportunity to find a new career that fulfills you and lets you thrive. Yet civilian workplace etiquette and the hiring process can be much different than what you’re used to as a service-member. The job search and performance evaluation processes are much more employee-driven, for example, and the workplace can be more isolating without the shared objective of high-stakes national defense.

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. Each of these services is vital to a whole life approach to military-to-civilian transition.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP TRACK

Chasing your dream of self-employment can seem daunting after years of a highly structured military life. But SAVI provides the resources to help you turn this dream into a fulfilling reality — and so that you don’t have to go it alone.

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. Each of these services is vital to a whole life approach to the military-to-civilian transition.

RETIREMENT TRACK

After serving your time in the military, it’s time to look forward toward your retirement. SAVI is here every step of the way to help you transition from service-member to thriving retiree. We’re here to ensure you don’t have to muddle through the financial, personal, and emotional aspects of retirement on your own.

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. Each of these services is vital to a whole life approach to the military-to-civilian transition.


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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.

Project You: Top Self-Development Courses to Take

Create a Perfect Morning Routine
You will learn how to create a morning routine filled with purpose, presence, and peace. You’ll be more energized, productive, and content — all before the start of your workday. Start your morning by doing things that feed your soul and make you happy.

Finding Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle
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.

Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential
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.

Achieving Personal and Professional Success
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.