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Medical Careers Bring Bright Futures for Veterans

On average, 18-22 veterans commit suicide every day and almost 50,000 veterans are homeless in the United States. These numbers are shocking because serving your country teaches veterans so much: values, ethics, duty, obedience, and strength to name a few. Many veterans, however, experience physical disabilities, substance abuse, lack of opportunities when reintegrating into society, and family problems. These issues are life-changing and difficult, but added stability and employment have been shown to have positive effects on the lives and health of veterans. The medical field is promising to be a great source of employment for veterans after coming back to civilian life. 

Employment is the Solution 

The transition period that comes after finishing service is a scary time. This time is often plagued with confusion and disappointment, notably in employment. Transitioning out of one demanding career into civilian life has ramifications to the health and safety of veterans. 

The medical field is one often overlooked by returning veterans, but the field grows alongside the military as it forms an important part of service. Doctors, nurses, physician’s assistants, and all areas of the medical field face constant shortages, both locally and abroad. Most veterans will probably have some experience either as a patient or working with someone in the medical field during their lives or service. When there is conflict and the military is necessary, there are more openings in the medical field.

Why Aren't More Veterans Working in Healthcare

The medical field may be a growing and promising field, but positions need an education beyond what the average veteran comes back with. This means that further schooling is necessary before beginning this career path. Most veterans do not have the luxury to simply study, veterans need jobs. The GI Bill does exist to help veterans trying to break into this field by offering education loans, but a benefits' counselor may be necessary for determining the educational benefits they are eligible for and finding a program can be difficult as well. There is hope, however, as it is possible to translate military training into college credit, lessening the amount of time required at college.

Wide Range of Opportunities for Veterans in Healthcare

Healthcare employers think highly of veterans’ service. Once the education has been accomplished, veterans will find they are thought of as high-quality talent in the healthcare field. Military personnel are accustomed to high-stress situations and that makes them highly qualified for everyday medical situations. Veterans don't just work at civilian hospitals as nurses and doctors, though that is the 8th most common post-military career choice. Veterans in healthcare take up positions in research, private organizations, at institutions, or even give back more and help in the military. 

The healthcare field is varied and open to new talent. Returning vets can face many difficulties in returning to civilian life, but it does not have to end in homelessness and substance abuse. The healthcare field is a great choice and can offer a real career in which veterans' skills are appreciated and where work can continue to improve the lives of Americans everywhere. 

Visit our job board regularly to find companies that have positions available offering jobs for veterans, and follow our blog and social media profiles for tips on how to transition to civilian life. 

By Lucy Wyndham