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Veterans Resource &
Transition Guide

A 737-page book on the challenges that veterans face daily as they transition back in their new civilian lives

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About the Author

Dr. John Heintzelman served in the military from 1992 till 2015. He served as an Airborne Infantry Senior NCO for over 22 years with numerous awards and decorations to include the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

After over 22 years he decided to pursue his doctorate in Psychology with an emphasis on PTSD and TBI. During this journey he discovered through his own experiences, injuries, studies, research, and helping other people that there were so many other factors, challenges and obstacles that affect veterans and their reintegration back to civilian life. 

This book covers common trends that show issues that need to be addressed both individually and socially in the veteran reintegration process and/or systems. 

Research, Knowledge, and Resources for your Transition into Civilian Life and Beyond! The current problem in our society demonstrates that many veterans, when they transition out of the military, do not have the knowledge, training, or resources to reintegrate back into civilian society properly in their efforts to survive. They do not know where to go, what to do, and do not even have a plan to survive in the civilian world. This guide is intended to educate, provide evidence and research, and provide knowledge and resources to veterans in the effort to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of veteran issues and help veterans understand and survive their transitional experience after military separation. The purpose of the Veteran Reintegration Guide is to provide a ONE STOP or QUICK REFERENCE source of Research, Knowledge, and Resources for veterans to easily reference in the effort to help educate veterans on the issues, challenges, and process of transitioning out of the military, what to do once they get out, develop a plan, and provide resources to help make life a little easier during and after that experience. Additional information has been added for SURVIVORS BENEFITS to help surviving widows, a MILITARY 101 CLASS to help educate the civilian workforce on military culture and lifestyle, VETERAN EMPLOYMENT to help transition into the civilian workforce, VETERAN SPOUSE TRANSITION resources (because you are not alone), VETERAN SUICIDE (a very serious issue), VA HOME LOANS and BENEFITS to make that process easier, and 1000’s of RESOURCES to help make life as veteran a little easier. Additional intent of this guide is to make it a living document by taking input from readers and providers on information and resources, providing annual updates to veterans on the ever-changing and developing process of transitioning and resources. 

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Very few people outside the military can fully understand the culture, the values, or the
people who make up the ranks of the most powerful military force on earth. Only 1% of
Americans actively serve in the military.

John E. Heintzelman

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