As Veterans, we tend to struggle in our first years of transition to find a "fit" in our new post-military life. Often we find that through the transition process we miss the camaraderie and familiarity of the military culture that we spent years ingraining into our daily lives, 24x7.  Not many people can relate to the difficulties in making that transitioning from a culture that had a defined purpose, specific mission, and lifetime bonds. This accounts for why there is such high attrition rate of Veterans in their first post-military careers.

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are one means to help resurrect that "culture" and restore that network with those who have similar interests and passions, and to help work towards specific issues, causes or opportunities for community engagement. These groups have been very popular over the last several years as companies look for opportunities to advance their diversity initiatives.

These are all good things to leverage and take advantage of within your organization, to help drive and demonstrate the VALUE of Veterans in the workforce, and to grow the leadership representation of Veterans which will only further advance our "Veteran" common causes. 

As a good friend and colleague of mine once stated when I first joined GE back in 2006 when we were just ramping up the Veterans group, don't expect success overnight, but persistence and genuine engagement by a few dedicated individuals will make all the difference. 

That is where "WE" collectively can help share and avoid common pitfalls that may be hampering your success within your organization with the goal of accelerating the impact of our collective ERGs within our communities and the future service members who will eventually be transitioning out that need an opportunity post-military.

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