A list of Web sites and organizations to help make the transition from the military to civilian life.
By Sean Gallagher
Military Officers Association of America: http://www.moaa.org/
An association serving active, former and retired military officers. Provides networking opportunities and other transition services. MOAA’s job fairs are open to anyone.
A social networking site for veterans leaving the service to network with employers, recruiters, volunteers and mentors to assist in their job search.
Corporate Gray: http://www.corporategray.com/
An organization serving the veterans community, providing job- seeker resources, job fairs, and career-transition education books and services, as well as promoting veterans as employees to employers.
Hire Vets First: http://www.hirevetsfirst.gov
A job-search and transition-assistance program run by the Department of Labor with career resources online, and events and information for employers, including a skills translator and career centers.
Claiming to be the “largest single source of transition assistance information and tools for today's separating military,” this site offers locators for Transition Assistance Program offices, Veterans Employment Representatives, and other information and resources to help service members find civilian employment.
Sean Gallagher is a former naval officer and freelance journalist. He has spent much of the last 19 years covering defense and technology and is the former editor-in-chief of Defense Systems magazine. Gallagher lives and works in Baltimore, Md.