Military service is difficult, demanding, and dangerous. But leaving the military can be stressful as well and can lead to serious mental health concerns during this transition time. It’s important that agencies that support military Veterans take action to address the mental health and wellness of the Veterans they are serving.
What you can do:
• If you are in a leadership position at an agency that supports Veterans transition from military service to civilian life, implement the strategies and best practices that CARES UP offers. Contact CARESUP@omh.ny.gov for assistance.
• If you are a Veteran, share this website with the Veteran organization that you’re involved with. It’s important to spread the word about CARES UP and how it can help build wellness and resiliency.
• Complete free trainings and learn from the resources that CARES UP offers.
The Difficult Transition from Military to Civilian Life
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