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Peshawar to Pittsburgh


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Peshawar to Pittsburgh

  1. 1. From Peshawar to Pittsburgh Helping Veterans Make Career Transitions Amy Armstrong, MS, NCC, MCC, LPC December 4, 2014
  2. 2. Agenda  Review the objectives for this session  Spend a few minutes brainstorming about strategies to use with sample cases  Cover websites and other resources.
  3. 3. Objectives  Understand basic terminology regarding military transition to career  Get familiar with websites that are helpful to vets in transition  Gather some information about the GI Bill program and the vet’s obligations under the program
  4. 4. Identifying Veterans
  5. 5. Pop Quiz 80% 11% 5% 4% A B C D
  6. 6. Most Vets are White 80% 11% 5% 4% Race/Ethnicity White Black Hispanic Other
  7. 7. Questions to Ask  Are you a veteran?  Which branch did you serve with?  What was your MOS? (Military Occupational Specialty)
  8. 8. Challenges of Civilian Life Choices, Change, and Access
  9. 9. Hurt Locker Clip
  10. 10. Common Issues for Vets  Divorce/loss of job  Risk of homelessness  Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)  Post Traumatic Stress  Suicide Risk  Overwhelmed [Photo via Flickr]
  11. 11. Self-Advocacy  They’ve earned their benefits  Requesting accommodations doesn’t = a free pass to get around requirements
  12. 12. Educational hurdles For Vets
  13. 13. Vets & College  First Generation college students  Training that is equivalent to college courses, CLEP or DANTES test scores  May require accommodations for physical or mental impairment  Don’t tend to be aggressive advocates for themselves
  14. 14. How College-Ready Are They?  Ask about:  Performance in high school classes  Support from family and friends  How they cope with stress  Any medical conditions that could affect attendance  Have other family members attended college?  92% of veterans have a high school diploma or higher
  15. 15. Grades and the GI Bill  Withdrawals, Incompletes, and grades lower than a “C” all can count against a student on the GI Bill  The VA may be able to call back the money and the student may not be eligible to use those benefits ever again
  16. 16. Non-Traditional Degree Options • Technical Studies/Occupational Studies • CLEP credit • More information available through American Council on Education (ACE)
  17. 17. Caution
  18. 18. Cases/Vignettes
  19. 19. Where the Crosswalk Ends  O*NET has a cool MOS to civilian career crosswalk (YEAH!)  The client in your office knows his MOS, but when you plug it into the crosswalk . . . nothing comes up. (BOO!)  What now?
  20. 20. The Resume that Said Too Much  Two pages of text  Lots of training & skills  None of it in English as we know it
  21. 21. All is Well, BUT  I can’t write papers  I can’t make it to class before noon  I can’t make it to evening classes on an urban campus
  22. 22. Benefits & Compensation Basic Overview
  23. 23. Veterans Administration  Healthcare—largest provider of healthcare in the United States  Behavioral Health  Medical and Prescription Benefits  Optometry, etc.  Disability Compensation—Varies by “Rating”  Education—GI Bill  Death Benefits (Not so relevant if the veteran made it to your office.)
  24. 24. Disability Ratings  Additional compensation based on level of disability (10% and up)  Any physical injury resulting from service (service- connected) or mental health issue may make them eligible for disability compensation  This can be a 6 month process
  25. 25. Education Benefits  Post 9/11 GI Bill  Government pays the college/university directly  Includes a housing allowance  Up to $1,000/yr for books and supplies  Yellow Ribbon Program  Private colleges and universities allow veterans to attend at a similar tuition rate as they would at a public university
  26. 26. State & Federal Benefits  Veterans are entitled to federal benefits through VA  They also are entitled to state benefits where they currently reside, and, possibly, the state where they were born. In order to receive those benefits, they have to apply separately.
  27. 27. Websites For Vets and Career Professionals
  28. 28.  Military to Civilian skills translator  GI Bill information  State Benefit Information  Disability Compensation
  29. 29. VA Website  GI Bill  Enrollment for/review of Federal benefits online  Patient Advocacy Program information
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  31. 31. O*NET
  32. 32. Thank you  If you have additional questions, I can be reached at Email me if you would like a copy of the handout. Will also be posted on