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Posted on Apr 23, 2018
COL Director, Soldier For Life
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LTC Stephen F.
Edited >1 y ago
Thanks for letting us know COL Sam Whitehurst that you are available on RallyPoint to discuss what it means to be a Soldier for Life, how the Army invests in our soldiers, veterans, and family, and the value of a veteran on April 25.
1. What are the implications of being a Soldier for Life and how would you recommend those of us who are retired to invest in future soldiers?
Background, I am the father of an infantry soldier and a retired infantry soldier.
FYI COL Mikel Burroughs SrA Christopher B. SFC Joe S. Davis Jr., MSM, DSL SGT Philip Roncari SGT (Join to see) LTC Stephen C. LTC (Join to see) CPT Jack Durish CW5 Jack Cardwell MSG Dan Walther
COL Director, Soldier For Life
COL (Join to see)
>1 y
I recommend Retired Soldiers stay connected with the Army through their local Retirement Services Officer, social media, and our website. Find ways to help veterans connect with their communities and share YOUR story as a Soldier for Life to inspire our youth to serve and join the military. You can learn more by connecting to our retirement services page at http://soldierforlife.army.mil/retirement
SGT David A. 'Cowboy' Groth
Edited >1 y ago
Thank you COL for asking, I have no questions, just thanking you for your service to our great nation.
COL Director, Soldier For Life
COL (Join to see)
>1 y
SGT Groth, thanks for your service to the country and connecting with us today. I ask that you continue to stay connected to the Army and seek opportunities to tell your Army story in your community. We find that the majority of today’s Soldiers make the decision to serve after speaking with a veteran. The most positive impact you can have with your Army today is to help inspire the next generation of Soldiers.
SGT Dave Tracy
Greetings.
I do have passing familiarity with SFL, and when I review the public website, I note that much of Soldier For Life's mission focuses more it seems around the transitioning--or recently transitioned--soldier (jobs, benefits, etc.); laudable, no doubt. Not to say that retirees and vets out of service for some time won't find value there.

If its fair to attribute a quick and dirty summation of SFL's current mission as providing support and information, with particular focus on those recently separated or soon to separate soldiers, where do you foresee the program being in terms of new directions/goals/milestones/etc in the future?

Related sidebar: I would commend you on a well organized aggregation of information with regard to assistance and benefits. I would go so far as to say its one of the better user friendly Army or governmental sites I have seen.

Thanks
COL Director, Soldier For Life
COL (Join to see)
>1 y
Thank you for your service and for your great feedback! For many years we have been focused on transition, but we are now looking at how we can support Soldiers across the Soldier lifecycle - from recruitment to service and to well after they take off the uniform. For example, we promote programs focused on education, credentialing, and licensing that Soldiers can participate in while they serve, and we are looking at ways we can connect veterans (after transition) to the mulitple resources that are available in communities across the country.
SGT Dave Tracy
SGT Dave Tracy
>1 y
COL (Join to see) - Thank you for the response. To meet those ends, what current and future resources can you leverage (I thinking private sector generally, but not exclusively) to achieve those?
COL Director, Soldier For Life
COL (Join to see)
>1 y
There are thousands of programs in the private and public space, but let me highlight a few specific organizations that provide mentorship services to transitioning military members, veterans, and their families: American Corporate Partners, Veterati, eMentor, and FourBlock.
SGT Dave Tracy
SGT Dave Tracy
>1 y
COL (Join to see) - Thanks for your time coming here to discuss the program.

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