Acclamating to Civilian Life

How Veterans after war learn to cope with civilian life

Programs To Help

Sean Gobin was the one that came up with the idea of helping veterans that have been at war become accustom to civilian life again. Helping veterans transition from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan has become an important issue in recent years. The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that 11% to 20% of those who served now struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (Kathleen Toner). They do this in order to make the veterans feel like they are walking home. Another reason for this act is so that when they arrive home the impact of being safe is not such a shocker to them.


  • Adjusting to Regular Life
  • Returning to a job
  • Adjusting to providing basic necessities (e.g., food, clothing, housing).
  • Adjusting to a different pace of life and work
  • Individualistic culture versus a culture of service and teamwork.
  • Being Independent
  • Returning to the care of a family
  • Reconnecting with family
  • ETC...

Why Is It Important?

It is important for combat veterans to go through transition because they have seen a lot death and danger that the normal human does not experience. When soldiers come back from a combat zone they are use to being alert at every second because their lives are at risk. If they enter the civilian life without transition every sound or movement that everyday life gives, they can interpret it in a different form which can cause them to think it is dangerous. A combat solider needs to go through transitioning because it helps them get back accustomed to the regular human life in America where it is mostly safe. Veterans need transition for there own safety and the safety of others because who knows what they are capable of when they have seen so much death. They need a time to relax and return back to the civilian way of life.

Worked Cited

Toner, Kathleen. "Warrior Hike Helps Combat Veterans Heal -" CNN. Cable News Network, n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2016.

Morin, Rch. "The Difficult Transition from Military to Civilian Life."PowerReaserchCenter. N.p., 8 Dec. 2011. Web.

"Common Challenges during Re-ajustment." (2006): n. pag. Mental Health Services. Web.