Female Veterans Already Have What it Takes Part 3
Successful military women know how to get the job done even when being pulled in many directions. This same know-how in demanding situations still applies when you return home. Here are some facts:
- Over half of all women veterans, surveyed by a 2007 BPW Foundation study, were married at the time they separated from the military.
- Over half had dependents at the time of their separation.
- About half of women veterans in the survey reported they were the primary earners in their household.10
Fortunately, there is a resource out there designed to help military members navigate all the competing demands on their time and energy. Military OneSource, provides help with about anything you can think of: education, relocation, parenting, and stress. This service is provided for free by the Department of Defense for active-duty, guard, and reserve service members and their families.11
Given the need for military women, whether current or soon-to-be veterans, to wear many hats, even the most capable of veterans know that being capably flexible is critical to their ability to meet their career, educational, and family needs.
Military women are, by the very nature of their job, goal-oriented. There’s an inherent motivation towards mission completion, even when obstacles are presented in the day-to-day. This character trait even applies when it comes to education. Service members don’t see a lack of a physical proximity to a traditional college as a legitimate roadblock toward taking college courses. Relying on their motivation to propel them towards an end goal, they find alternative routes towards degree completion and career promotion. In fact, in 2009, three out of four students in the military were enrolled in some form of distance learning.12
It’s also important for transitioning veterans to tap into their motivation to learn more about their veteran benefits, and in particular, the educational benefits as provided by the GI Bill. The Montgomery GI Bill may provide active duty members of the military up to 36 months of educational benefits for a wide variety of training, including an undergraduate or graduate degree at a college or university, or a cooperative training program. It also can be used for an accredited independent study program leading to a degree. Participants can receive over $36,000 in tuition. The full-range of benefits available to veterans may vary based on the era in which they served. For more information on these programs, visit the Department of Defense website at http://www.gibill.va.gov/.13
Motivation certainly is an important precursor to action. Veteran women can rely on their motivation to help push them to reach their educational and career goals, even when schedules become tight and daily life hectic. By becoming aware of and utilizing their resources, they can achieve meaningful milestones, including going back to college, taking challenging job roles, and having the career they want.
10 Women Veterans In Transition: A Research Project of Business and Professioinal Women’s Foundation, Building Strong Programs and Policies to Support Women Veterans, 2007, p.2
12 Distance Learning and Online Military Schools, gibill.com http://www.gibill.com/education/schools/distance-learning.html
13 Women Veterans In Transition: A Research Project of Business and Professioinal Women’s Foundation, Building Strong Programs and Policies to Support Women Veterans, 2007, p.3 http://www.bpwfoundation.org/documents/uploads/WomensVeteransinTransitionBriefII_ForDecisionMakers.pdf