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Military-to-civilian transition policies, processes, and program efforts

June, 2019
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This book chapter features in the book Military Veteran Reintegration: Approach, Management, and Assessment of Military Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Life. The book offers a toolkit for researchers and practitioners on best practices for easing the reintegration of military veterans returning to civilian society. It lays out how transition occurs, identifies factors that promote or impede transition, and operationalizes outcomes associated with transition success. Bringing together experts from around the world to address the most important aspects of military transition, the book looks at what has been shown to work and what has not, while also offering a roadmap for best-results moving forward.

Abstract

This chapter critically examines the military-to-civilian transition (MCT) policies developed and adopted by a sample of governments across NATO. This chapter considers in more detail policies, processes, and programs that relate to Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom and draws on the policy writing and execution experience of the authors. This chapter is constructed thematically, offering insights in MCT policies and programs relating to education; employment; mental and physical health; care coordination; and families and caregivers. This chapter concludes with a set of recommendations drawn from the evidence and informed by experience. These provide a set of principles to assist readers in developing the best and most effective policies and programs for military personnel and their families who are transitioning to civilian life.

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Fossey, M., Lazier, R., Lewis, N., Williamson, N., and Caddick, N., (2019) Military-to-civilian transition policies, processes, and program efforts in Castro and Dursun (Eds) Military Veteran Reintegration: Approach, Management, and Assessment of Military Veterans Transitioning to Civilian Life London: Academic Press.

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