About Us

 

We provide education & skills training for veterans & their families for a smooth transition into civilian life.

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Our Story

Skills After Service started with a small and personal project, an effort to help a family member returning from Afghanistan who was making the transition from military service back to civilian life. But in learning about what can help soldiers in these situations, we also learned or realized that transition is a struggle for almost all veterans. Each experience is unique but they share similar issues and face the same kinds of challenges. Most people think of PTSD as a primary concern for veterans – and it is certainly important – but the biggest, most common problem is not widely discussed – transition stress.

As our small project grew, so did our mission, unfolding organically as we learned more and ore about the size and scope of the problem. We decided to put the full force of our experience in education, business coaching, marketing and media production into helping to solve it and started sourcing tools, relationships and resources, first with our own family member in mind and later with the idea that others might benefit from what we were putting together. Today, we’re hosting events, providing online training and support, we are building workforce training and skills development programs.

We are focused on helping veterans and their families make the transition, leverage their experience and their time in service to build a fulfilling career, a close network of friends and colleagues – and to help develop this often overlooked segment of the labor force. We are also advocate for other veteran-focused organizations and services. When veterans re-enter the workforce, they bring skills, leadership and focus. When they build a business or take a job and their work is fulfilling, we all benefit. We’re all in this together. 

What We Do

We provide job skills and psychosocial skills training services for veterans and their families who are making the transition from military to civilian life. We also host business events and support for veterans in transition who want to start a business. In addition, we work with hiring managers and HR leaders to bring awareness and management training to improve recruiting and hiring practices for veterans re-entering the civilian workforce. We strongly believe that employers can play an important and very positive role in the transition process – both small businesses and large corporations alike.

 

 

The Transition Hub

We are building an online hub for veterans and their families, a state-by-state field guide with opportunities, resources, education and events. The hub will be free for anyone to use and it will be easy to save items to a personal notebook for easy access later and to facilitate planning for a future with promise. We will help raise awareness of all the great organizations and programs for vets and their families Get a Preview

 

Local Biz Camp

Live, local events for small business owners and nonprofits across the country, featuring powerhouse speakers with real-world experience. Topics focus on four areas: marketing, management, money and mindset. Veterans are eligible for scholarships to attend camp at a significantly reduced ticket price (usually just $10) Participants leave energized, empowered and equipped with free access to tools, templates and resources that are discussed during the day. Learn more…

 

After Service TV

Each episode brings a small group of vets together to discuss their transition, how they’ve managed through such a big change and ways they have found to build connections, relationships, find meaningful work and often at least one creative outlet. Participants report that the chance to talk with other vets is cathartic, often contributing to their own progress and sense of well-being. It helps all of us to better understand our differences, and our similarities. Learn more…

 

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Soft Skills for Work

We’re developing a certification course for veterans to re-learn the language and process of work in a civilian world, including communications, workplace behavior and expectations, including a comprehensive set of psychosocial skills like managing personal boundaries at work or  understanding the difference between aggression and anger. The curriculum is based on 25 years of research in a clinical setting with a proven track record of success in improving job satisfaction, performance and overall well-being. More to come…

 

Training for HR Leaders

The path to easing transition stress for veterans requires more than training them. Hiring managers and HR leaders can embrace new ways to engage with this largely untapped workforce in terms of the skills, experience and leadership qualities they bring. We are committed to the task of raising awareness and to best-of-breed training for hiring managers and HR leaders across the country about the best ways to recruit, hire and manage veterans. We are working with corporations and management training companies to build this training program. Stay tuned.

 

 

Note: Scholarships for US Military Veterans to attend Local Biz Camps are provided by our nonprofit partner, Transition Skills Training, Inc. Our partnership also funds research, outreach, program development and production.