“Adam Braatz is an Air Force veteran, musician, and entrepreneur. We dove into his time in the military and specific stories/interactions that shaped him into the person that he is today.”
I have heard the words “I wish I would have known” from veterans more times than I can count — it is the main reason why I created the Post-Military Professional in the first place. Veteran Roundtable is an ongoing series, one that shares advice from service members who have “been there.”
This Roundtable features insights and advice about utilizing education benefits in and out of service from nine former members of the US Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps. Yours truly even enters the fray this time around.
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Adam Braatz chats with Head2Head about his personal history, thoughts on military veteran employment, taking new paths in life, and the effects of different generations on society.
Take a listen below:
When I was a young airman, an NCO told me that on her retirement day she planned to drive off base with her middle finger in the air. She added that she would be using her other hand to smoke a joint. Around the same time I witnessed a respected SNCO retire after 28 years of honorable service openly weeping, partly because he was proud of his service and accomplishments, but mostly because he simply did not want to go. He would’ve stayed in the service his whole life if he could have.
Continue reading “How to Leave the Military Like A True Professional”
Is there such a thing as too polite or too formal in the civilian workplace? Yes, there absolutely is, and laying it on too thickly could damage your career. Continue reading “Can Military-Grade Courtesies Harm Your Civilian Career?”
As you approach your separation or retirement, you will be provided with a wealth of information from colleagues, briefings, computer-based training, and your federally-mandated Transition Assistance Program course. In fact, not only will you receive more information regarding your federal and state-level benefits than the average person can hope to retain, you will also likely be provided with an abundance of conflicting and incorrect information. At the end of the day, it is your responsibility to be knowledgeable about the benefits that are available to you by virtue of your service.
Continue reading “The Federal Benefits Guidebook for Veterans, Dependents, and Surviving Family Members”
Colin Kaepernick. The NFL. Nike. Old glory. The American military. It is becoming increasingly difficult to avoid these topics online or in the workplace, and there are no lukewarm opinions about them. Our society is either passionately opposed to or in staunch support of the movement Colin Kaepernick began a few years back by taking a knee during the National Anthem. Those against it claim that Kaepernick’s protest is a slap in the face to all those who have served in the armed forces. How do our veterans really feel, though?
Continue reading “What Veterans Really Think About Colin Kaepernick and Nike”