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SFC(P) Medical Interpreter
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Advices ???.... To stay away from certain sites which are all about helping "Warriors " transitioning back to civilian life ...It's all fake and they are money hunger ... and tell them our society , at least at some parts of the country are not all about veterans ... Like in Massachusetts for example ... I will tell them to hang tight and go back to school if they still can afford it and get a degree and apply for everything they can even at DD or Car Washes or as a Janitor because most of the so-called Companies and Corporations to help Veterans are just Politics and a way to look good in the eye of the General Public and if they don't know anyone as an insider their chances of getting a decent job are slim at the most ... I will tell them to seek help if they have a hard time re-adapting but first to reconnect with their fellow comrades whom they served with ... Those are our real brothers and they will do anything to help ... I will tell them that the majority of civilians in US don't give two shits about our service to our Country and the selfish and fake world that they live on is very different from the camaraderie and all for one and one for all type of military life style they're use to ... That will be my advice to them ....
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Jenn Moynihan
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Feb 2012. YD Homecoming.
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Jenn Moynihan - Thank you for doing what you do .. My critics and sharp language is not directed towards you ... It's a rotten system and a group of bloody wankers that the only thing they do is providing phone numbers that most of the time don't work or you are in hold for 55 minutes before they hang up on you ...
These are pictures of the three Soldiers of D Co that we've lost to suicide :
SSG Kevin O'Boyle 08/22/2013
SPC Joaquim Pereira 10/01/2013
SPC Jacob Stiles 03/29/2014
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Jenn Moynihan
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SFC(P) (Join to see) - Understood.

I remember Kevin & Jacob. Don't think I ever met Joaquim but remember the name.
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SSG Robert "Rob" Wentworth
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What helped me? I made new friends @ my local VA Hospital while seeing my Dr’s.
They were patients too. It was good to just “talk”. At first it was tough opening up to strangers, but the strangers soon became buddies. That was back when I first started going there in ‘03. Now I try to help others anytime I can.
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SFC Bill Sakowski
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Start learning all about your GI Bill benefits and look into what college you want to attend a year before you exit the military. Make a 5 year plan and find a new purpose. After that right up a detailed plan on how you are going to accomplish your new mission.
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Don't expect anyone to have your back that you don't know. In the service you can expect a degree of professionalism and integrity that just doesn't exist in civilian life. Great leaders dragged me kicking and screaming from ignorance into a proper soldier capable and competent in my expected skill set. From there I learned how to cross-train to be an asset to my unit. This mindset failed me in civilian life. I did not transition successfully, and it has cost me.

You are responsible for making yourself into a productive member of society able to support yourself and your loved ones. The methods for making this happen aren't the same in civilian life, and all of the responsibility for finding out how and accomplishing your goals is entirely on you. You're pretty much the only one who suffers when you fail, so there's no incentive for strangers to help you outside of taking your benefits.

To summarize: arm yourself with knowledge, seek advice FROM VETERANS, and set clear measurable goals, short term and long term. People have told me these things my whole life, but I made myself learn this the hard way. You don't have to.

My experience seems to be a bit different than most, and I don't mean to sound overly negative. My failings were mine, and they were certainly preventable. We here at Rallypoint definitely have your back. Share your difficulties. Collectively, we've seen and overcome every obstacle. You may feel alone, but you're not.
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