VA Solid Start Program
There is no doubt that transitioning from military to civilian life comes with a few challenges. Of course, there are the expected emotional challenges that accompany any major life change, but separating from the military involves many logistical concerns as well. There’s so much information to review, so much to understand, and so many decisions to make. Add to that changes in routines and responsibilities, and the first year after separating from the military has the potential to be quite overwhelming. Enter: the VA Solid Start Program.
Via Solid Start, VA representatives provide support to Veterans and their families as they navigate the first year of separation from the military. A trained representative will reach out to every newly separated Veteran three times during the first 365 days of his or her separation.
These VA representatives can help with anything from securing a home loan, to navigating VA benefits and services, to finding a civilian doctor. The VA understands that the first year of post-military life is full of highs and lows, so representatives are also trained to help Veterans access free VA mental health services.
Whether you simply want to toss around ideas with another Vet, need guidance regarding a specific topic, or need more in-depth assistance, these representatives will let you steer the
conversation and will only discuss topics with which you are comfortable. The VA reminds all newly separated Veterans that they are here to help in any way and encourages each and every Veteran to answer the Solid Start call.
Resources for newly separated Veterans: