Challenges of Transitioning Out of the Military for Post 9/11 Veterans

Since 2013, the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work has conducted studies of military populations in various areas throughout the United States to identify common challenges that veterans face as they transition out of the military. Although individual populations may fare better with specific challenges, overall trends show that moving into civilian life continues to be difficult regardless of location. The following chart highlights common challenges faced by post-9/11 veterans in the four locations CIR studied.

Percentage of People Who Responded Affirmatively

Transition: Adjusting to life was difficult

Employment: Did not have a job when he/she left the military

Finances: Gotten into financial trouble

Housing: Did not have a permanent place to live when he/she left the military

Mental Health: Screened positive for probable PTSD

Substance Use: Screened positive for probable alcohol consumption problem

Self-Harm: Planned to attempt suicide

Treatment: At risk for suicide or considered attempting suicide but did not seek treatment

Physical Health: Screened positive for physical health problems but did not seek help



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