It’s unbelievable to think that we are in a new year, since I have no clue where the time has gone. I have officially been out of the military for eight years, and Transitioning Veteran.com has been up and running for 2 yrs now.
I can remember back when it started out as just an idea, but today is a real website that not only has helped myself and my friends who still serve, but so many other U.S. military members serving throughout the world (thanks to the comments and emails I receive). Though lately I have been caught up in my Masters program, which is my ticket to a new career field, I have been working on new plans for Transitioning Veteran.com for the year 2011.
I first want to wish all the men and women serving our country a Happy New Year, and I hope soon we will begin to see the end of what has become the longest war (Afghanistan). The past few months I have had some great help with developing a new website, or should I say an updated Transitioning Veteran.com website. Transitioning Veteran.com this year will have all the same great FREE information, but it will also have a new professional look and even have a section setup for future Veterans.
What I mean by future veterans, are the many students who have chosen to make the military their next step in life after High School. As I gain more knowledge into my Masters program where I study School Guidance Counseling, I am more knowledgeable to be able to really give students the help they need when trying to decide how to go about joining the military and planning for college using the GI Bill. I have experienced this all myself and hope to further prepare future veterans by giving them the important and honest information to help them take advantage of all the benefits Uncle Sam has created for us who serve. I have also become a member of the Military Child Education Coalition, so I have made it a priority to also help students who are dealing with tough times while a loved one is deployed. I have already met a couple of students in this situation while working as an intern, and I was blown away at how well these kids were dealing with this experience, especially since these kids live on Long Island, where no active duty bases exist.
2010 has been an incredible year, I have seen my website gain more attention on Facebook, been contacted by incredible people working with so many organizations helping our veterans throughout the country and I have seen a great increase in the amount of people using Transitioning Veteran.com as the resource website I planned it would become. I cannot thank enough the people who have helped me to get the word out about Transitioning Veteran.com and thanks to my friends who have deployed overseas and also helped to spread the word by posting decals throughout many locations on military installations. My whole goal is to get the word out to as many military members’ and their families as possible, so they can take advantage of the website I created.
So this year I hope to step it up a notch and bring more to all of you serving and all who have served. I am in the last semester of my degree and soon will be able to say I have accomplished a major goal I had set the moment I separated from the service. I hope Transitioning Veteran.com will continue to be an important resource to helping Past, Present and Future Veterans and I hope you will all continue to help spread the word to whoever has or is serving today.
Thank You all so much for the support and Thank You to those serving overseas in harm’s way, you’re not forgotten.