Calling All Veterans: We Want To Know About The Transition Back To Civilian Life

Ted Warren // AP Photo
Ted Warren // AP Photo

Hello, Thought Catalog! This week we’re asking those who have graciously served our country to open up about the process of returning home. Approximately 250,000 service members transition back to civilian life each year¹.

In partnership with Pivot’s groundbreaking docu-series, Secret Lives of Americans, we’d like to invite our community of veteran readers to take the reigns on a discussion focused on the things we should all know about the return home. We’re interested in everything from the questions vets love or hate being asked, to myths about PTSD and what it’s like to re-enter the economy as a civilian after service.

Secret Lives of Americans takes an unflinching look at the secrets we all keep, and the strength it takes to reveal them to friends and family. One key episode this season shares the powerful story of Alex and Amber, who eventually seek financial support from family and friends after struggling to receive adequate help from the Department of Veterans Affairs once discharged from the Coast Guard.

Please submit what you’d like to share about the transition back to civilian life (long or short!) and make sure to include “Pivot Veteran Resources” in the title.

Click Here To Submit!

Your personal stories and unique perspectives will be published anonymously to help lead important, thought provoking conversations on the Thought Catalog platform and beyond. TC mark

Watch All-New Episodes Of Secret Lives of Americans Every Friday at 10 p.m. ET / PT on Pivot, Participant Media’s television network

Inspired by Secret Lives of Americans, Pivot is offering tools and resources to further the conversation around some of the topics explored in the series, ranging from literacy to religious tolerance. Visit the series’ “Take Action” hub to learn more about the issues and get involved.

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Trace the scars life has left you. It will remind you that at one point, you fought for something. You believed.

“You are the only person who gets to decide if you are happy or not—do not put your happiness into the hands of other people. Do not make it contingent on their acceptance of you or their feelings for you. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if someone dislikes you or if someone doesn’t want to be with you. All that matters is that you are happy with the person you are becoming. All that matters is that you like yourself, that you are proud of what you are putting out into the world. You are in charge of your joy, of your worth. You get to be your own validation. Please don’t ever forget that.” — Bianca Sparacino

Excerpted from The Strength In Our Scars by Bianca Sparacino.

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