The reality is veterans do have trouble adjusting to civilian life after serving time.
Sure, there are some who adjust a little quicker than others, but it is easy to see how hard it is to come back from such a harrowing experience.
The following is an actionable guide to help veterans adjust to society.
Expect an Avalanche of Responsibilities
Being in the military means that most of the responsibilities regular folks have to deal with are taken care of, such as food, clothing, housing, and among other things.
Additionally, many other normal life responsibilities are either diminished or non-existent when one is stationed where there is an active war.
Things that can sometimes trouble veterans are the normal and mundane responsibilities of civilian life.
It is up to you to figure out how to adapt to these responsibilities again. You should try to come up with a plan that helps you deal with these new obligations.
Try to visualize some of these obligations, and see yourself dealing with them so that you are a little more prepared when they arise.
Make Your Own Veteran Platoon at Home
The number of veterans who have trouble adjusting to civilian life is pretty large.
Understand that you are not alone.
Your struggle adjusting is common, so knowing this reality should help you feel better. This should also help you understand why it is vital that you keep fellow service people around you.
A group of veterans helping each other adjust should make it easier because these individuals understand what you are going through. You would be surprised how valuable it is to have people who support and understand your struggles.
It is hard to explain what a veteran is going through to regular civilians, making this group of patriots much more important to you.
It is important that you realize that you will be bringing in your own perspective into this group, so it is okay to support your fellow veterans when they need a little encouragement.
Find Meaning in Regular Work
A big part of adapting to civilian life is finding a job that works with you and helps you meet those obligations you are going to have.
The problem is some jobs feel a little empty compared to the military.
There you are, involved in something bigger than yourself. Not only that but what you were doing over there held great meaning to you – to those back home.
Now you are expected to find the same kind of meaning from another job. Adjusting to this kind of job will be a lot harder than you can imagine, but the good news is that you do not have to.
There are a number of jobs that allow you to transition into a career that gives you the opportunity to serve a great purpose just like you did before.
There are a few careers in law enforcement or in the fire department. There are also a ton of jobs that you can take in the medical field.
For example, becoming a mental health professional dedicated to assisting fellow veterans would be a perfect way to not only help yourself but help others as well. In addition to that, you will be able to stay connected to other veterans in the best way possible.
These are just some of the careers that have been able to give veterans an opportunity to feel like they are doing something that matters again, which is a big step towards adjusting to civilian life.
Maintain a Nugget of Normalcy
As a military person, you have probably gotten used to a number of routines just like many other veterans. It might be a good idea to find ways to stick to those routines as they may help you stay focused and calm as you attempt to adjust to society.
There are actually a number of ways you can continue some of your routines; for example, you can join a gym and train with an exercise leader that mirrors some of the exercises you did in the military.
You can also join martial arts classes or mixed martial arts classes where you will be given formal training akin to what you might have received in the military.
You might find this a little silly at first, but being able to do some of the things you remember can help you more than you can imagine.
You can talk to other veterans to see what kind of steps they have taken to continue the routines to get more ideas.
Hopefully, some of this information makes it easier for you to adjust or makes this adjustment period more seamless. This is going to take time, so make sure you are patient with yourself.