Redefining Your Identity for Civilian Life (with Ben Killoy)

Redefining Your Identity for Civilian Life (with Ben Killoy)

Whether you like it or not, your identity will be in some way redefined when you get out of the military. What will your life be like when you get out? What will be your career path, how will you make money, what will family life be like. Getting out of the military can be challenging but there are also opportunities to make improvements.  In this show, my guest has a mission to bring military veteran Dads home to their families. Ben Killoy is a U.S. Marine Veteran turned blogger, life coach, speaker, and podcaster. Ben has gone through what most transitioning veterans go through, the feeling of needing to redefine their identity outside of the structure of the military and rediscovering your passion and purpose for life. In this episode, he shares advice on how Dads and Moms can make the transition out in a way that works for them.

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Redefining Your Identity for Civilian Life Episode Details

  • Transition isn’t as simple as the mandatory, military class, known as TAPS, makes it seem
  • Losing the sense of purpose is a struggle, as much as finding new employment
  • You gain an identity when you join the military, and losing that identity can present a challenge
  • Understanding who you are “under the uniform”
  • How building a community can build more opportunities
  • Talking to people will clear up your vision and clear up the disconnected feeling that will make you feel alone in your new life.
  • Why our military tribe is good to have but you cannot be afraid to reach to one another
  • Understanding there is someone ahead of you that has been through the same experience and someone coming behind you that you can help
  • Separate your checking and savings account, like with different banks, so you can’t easily transfer funds.
  • How civilian life makes it easier to start living in debt (like most of society)
  • Life is not as “simple” on the civilian side
  • The importance of  preparing your family for the transition from military to civilian life
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Redefining Your Identity for Civilian Life Resources

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