By Jennifer Marshall, Actress, Stranger Things and Navy veteran
As a veteran in the public eye, people often thank me for my service. Like most vets who served, I am appreciative but strongly feel I don’t need to be thanked—serving this country was the best thing I have ever had the privilege to do. However, because some members of our community are in need, I use this opportunity to champion for my brothers and sisters who may not have the same stability or opportunities and could use a bit of assistance in their transition.
The transition from military to civilian life can be a difficult one, even for the most prepared service member. Upon entering basic training, it takes 2-3 months for a civilian to become a soldier, sailor, Marine, airman or coastie. Yet toward the end of one’s contract, that service member only receives 5-10 days of transition assistance. Many of these young men and women departing the service joined as teens and have only known military life. A person goes from having a guaranteed paycheck, structure, and an understanding of who they are and where they fit in…to a completely new environment. One, so alien to them, that