How To Move Forward When You're Done Serving Your Country And Don't Know What To Do Next.

When you have served your country in the military, you may struggle to find your way, especially if you have been left disabled. While the military can certainly grant requests for disabled veterans to take desk jobs stateside, that may not be the right fit for you, or you may have other problems that prevent you from working. If that is the case, where do you go from there? You may receive a small pension from the military or a monthly stipend, but ultimately you are no longer receiving a military salary. You still want to work, so what can you do?

Many veterans in positions similar to your own have chosen to go into business for themselves. They have some marketable skills, such as repairing electronics, that make it possible to start a business like Traxx Construction. If this sounds like something you want to explore, here are some resources that can help. 

Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise Construction

This organization is primarily in California, but similar organizations are available in other states. These organizations help veterans by first showing them how to certify their businesses as veteran-owned and veteran-operated. Then the organizations help you find an existing business property to renovate or find a new commercial property on which you can construct a business office or building. The organizations may also help you find funding to pay construction contractors to build your office space/building on a property or remodel an existing property. Once you have an office or building you can begin operating your business out of this space. 

Veterans' Entrepreneur Funding Programs

There are also some government small business and entrepreneur programs. These programs can help you get loans and funding for your business. When you do not have a lot of money to start with, the government wants to help vets by encouraging them with funding that can help them become self-sufficient entrepreneurs and business owners. Be sure to apply for these programs as soon as you have decided what kind of business you are going to start, and you are ready to secure funds to get your business idea and business off the ground. 

Be Sure to Hire Other Veterans So That You Qualify for More Programs

There are additional programs for businesses that hire other veterans. These programs can help with wages and job development for the veterans you hire and may provide additional training and support for those veterans. Even if you are going to be a one-person show for a while, it is still a good idea to look into these programs.