Getting out of the military is a culture shift. From housing and transportation to arranging for mental and physical health care, guidance from someone who’s walked in a transitioning veteran’s shoes can be very helpful.
According to the Pew Research Center, 44% of post-9/11 veterans say their readjustment to civilian life has been difficult; among combat veterans, the rate is even higher, at 53%. Satisfaction with current transition services was rated the second lowest by Blue Star Families survey respondents. Based in San Diego, California---which has the third-highest number of military residents---zero8hundred was established by The Military Transition Support Project focused on supporting transitioning military families 6 months prior to leaving the military through 12 months post-service.
Through a $397,422 grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, zero8hundred implemented the Physical and Mental Health support segment of the Military Transition Support Project to identify services and resources available to transitioning veterans and their families. The project uses peer counselors to connect transitioning military families to a broad range of resources and opportunities in the community.
Since zero8hundred’s 2015 launch, 300 service members have enrolled in the program, achieving the pilot program’s goal 15 months ahead of schedule. In addition, a web-based portal that links to the services and resources available to transitioning veterans and their families has recorded more than 9,500 sessions.
Sean Mahoney, firstname.lastname@example.org