One of the most difficult challenges we, as veterans, face is the transition process. We all know about the standard U.S. Department of Defense transition assistance programs, but only a handful of us have been exposed to other programs that exist to help ensure our transition is a successful one. I use the term "we" because 18 months ago, I underwent the stressful process of retiring from the military. Since retirement, I have learned more about the online and in-person programs that exist than I knew back when I was seeking help during my transition process.

Today, veterans, separating servicemembers, and their families can get help through Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Hiring Our Heroes was launched in spring 2011 as a nationwide initiative whose mission is "to help veterans, transitioning servicemembers, and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities." How do they do it? Visit Hiring Our Heroes to learn more and to explore the resources they provide.

University of Maryland University College is committed to providing student veterans with convenient access to insights and support from trusted sources. Since 1947, UMUC has steadfastly served the higher education needs of servicemembers, veterans, and their family members. We understand what it means to be a student veteran and how challenging the transition process can be. That's why we work to offer you a comprehensive inventory of resources to help you not only be a successful student but also navigate this next chapter of your life successfully. Visit UMUC's Veterans Resource Center to learn more.

About the Author

Tang Smith retired from the U.S. Army in November 2015 as a first sergeant after 23 years of active duty. He is currently the assistant director of veterans initiatives and outreach at UMUC.