National Veteran Transition Services, Inc. Adds Veteran Workforce Development Training to its Arsenal

Screen Shot 2016-07-13 at 8.47.56 AM(San Diego, Calif.) August 22, 2016 – National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. (NVTSI), also known as REBOOT, a San Diego-based non-profit that helps veterans transition back to civilian life, is set to launch a veteran workforce development component of its highly successful REBOOT Workshop initiative in September called “OPERATION REBOOT ”.

OPERATION REBOOT — Is an employer-driven initiative to Reboot the lives & careers of local transitioning service members and veterans and promote employment in key priority industries.

By focusing on and resolving the key reintegration issues of veterans and the challenges employers face trying to hire them, OPERATION REBOOT will orchestrate a predictable talent pipeline from military service to employment in priority sectors through a coordinated training effort with other agencies.

In partnership with local colleges, and other training partners, the program will start by REBOOTing and re-classifying local transitioning service members/veterans, matching them with jobs in high job growth industry sectors, coordinating job training with local training providers, then placing them with local businesses on demand.

At the heart of the program is the REBOOT Workshop™ that has been designed to facilitate the successful reintegration of veterans and is a bold new approach to military-to-civilian transition that combines cognitive behavioral education with real-world career transitioning. The results to date have demonstrated that the REBOOT Workshop™ has proven to be a turning point in military-to-civilian transitioning as expected for over 1500 deserving military veterans and their spouses that have graduated. The REBOOT Workshop™ is the only known evidence-based reverse boot camp with a verified record of 97% success (in an independent study done by USD) and a 93% retention rate.

The goal of the program is to ultimately process 2000 to 2400 cohorts annually in Southern California to bolster local workforces while alleviating financial problems for veterans and their families.

Since 2010 NVTSI has helped thousands of veterans make the challenging switch back to civilian life through workshops that focus on relearning civilian culture while using military skills to their advantage. The educational workshops builds upon military training and experience while preparing for life after the military. OPERATION REBOOT will take the program one step further by providing veterans with job skills training in critical sectors and matching them with more than 500 area businesses.

About NVTSI

National Veterans Transition Services, Inc., a San Diego based 501 (c)(3) organization known as Reboot, is dedicated to assisting veterans in adjusting to civilian life and securing meaningful employment by combining evidence-based, best-practice performance techniques. Reboot WorkshopsTM help veterans achieve their full potential and goals in the transition domains of employment and career, education, living situation, personal effectiveness/wellbeing and community life functioning. For more information visit: www.operationreboot.vet

Eat a Hot Dog; Help a Vet

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San Diegans continue to go to bat for its veterans. The San Diego Padres, along with San Diego Gas & Electric have created an easy way for people to raise money for San Diego’s veterans as they transition back to civilian life and find meaningful employment – through a program they call, Going to Bat for San Diego.

It’s simple: every Wednesday at Petco Park throughout the months of August and September, SDG&E will donate a dollar to Operation REBOOT for each Friar Frank hot dog purchased. Operation REBOOT is an employer-driven program to prepare and train local transitioning military personnel and veterans for gainful employment.

We couldn’t think of a better way to enjoy the game! Thank you San Diego Padres and SDG&E!

 

 

Using Affirmations

Affirmations are positive, specific statements that help you to overcome self-sabotaging, negative thoughts. They help you visualize, and believe in, what you’re affirming to yourself, helping you to make positive changes to your life and career.

While there’s limited research into the effectiveness of using affirmations in a general setting, there is evidence that the use of positive affirmations can successfully treat people with low self-esteem, depression, and other mental health conditions.

For instance, in a study by researchers at Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, people who used positive affirmations for two weeks experienced higher self esteem than at the beginning of the study.

Also, in a study published in the Journal of American College Health, researchers found that women treated with cognitive behavioral techniques, which included use of positive affirmations, experienced a decrease in depressive symptoms and negative thinking. A study by researchers at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, had similar results, and came to a similar conclusion.

Of course, it’s important to realize that although some people have successfully used affirmations to overcome depression and negative thinking, the technique may not work for everyone. Some people may view affirmations as “wishful thinking,” or simply looking at the world with an unrealistic perspective. Quite a lot can depend on your mindset.

So try looking at positive affirmations this way – many of us do repetitive exercises to improve our body’s physical health and condition. Affirmations are like exercises for our mind and outlook; these positive mental repetitions can reprogram our thinking patterns so that, over time, we begin to think, and act, in a new way.

You can use affirmations in any situation where you’d like to see a positive change take place. These might include times when you want to:

  • Raise your confidence before presentations or important meetings.
  • Control negative feelings such as frustration, anger, or impatience.
  • Improve your self-esteem.
  • Finish projects you’ve started.
  • Improve your productivity.
  • Affirmations are often more effective when they’re paired with other positive thinking and goal-setting techniques.

For instance, affirmations work particularly well alongside visualization Add to My Personal Learning Plan – instead of just picturing the change we’d like to see with visualization, we’re also saying it aloud using a positive affirmation.

Affirmations are also useful when setting personal goals Add to My Personal Learning Plan. Once you’ve identified the goals you’d like to achieve in the short and long term, you can use positive affirmations to help keep yourself motivated in order to achieve them.

How to Use Affirmations

Remember – affirmations are positive statements that help you challenge and overcome negative thinking and self-sabotaging behaviors Add to My Personal Learning Plan. They’re usually short, positive statements that target a specific area, behavior, or belief that you’re struggling with.

Start by thinking of the areas of your life you’d like to change. For instance, do you wish you had more patience? Or a deeper relationships with your friends or colleagues? Or do you want a more productive workday?

Write down several areas or behaviors you’d like to work on. Then, for each of these, come up with a positive, present-tense statement you can repeat to yourself several times a day.

It’s also important that your affirmation is credible, believable, and based on a realistic assessment of fact. For instance, imagine you feel bad about the level of pay you’re currently receiving. So you begin to use affirmations to raise your confidence about asking for an increase. However, it probably wouldn’t be wise to affirm to yourself that you’re going to double your salary: for most people, and most organizations, doubling what you’re earning in one go just isn’t feasible. Keep it realistic!

After all, if you can’t believe the affirmations you’re repeating to yourself, it’s highly unlikely that they’ll have any impact on your life.

July 29 Declared National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. aka REBOOT Live Well San Diego Day

live-wellDuring the graduation of REBOOT Workshop class # 84’s graduation ceremony on July 29, County of San Diego Supervisor Dave Roberts presented the National Veterans Transition Services, Inc.’s Co-founder and President, retired Navy Master Chief Maurice Wilson with a proclamation declaring NVTSI an official Live Well San Diego partner, and July 29 to be “National Veterans Transition Services, Inc Live Well San Diego Day” throughout San Diego County.

The Live Well San Diego initiative is about uniting all sectors — business, schools, military and veterans’ organizations, community and faith-based organizations, and all levels of government — in order to bring about positive change.

NVTSI is an example of what this initiative looks like in the nonprofit sector by building a strong veteran workforce, and providing targeted employment services so eligible veteran job seekers can identify careers that will promote their successful reintegration.

The proclamation states that the County of San Diego recognizes and honors institutions that are dedicated to the best ideals of public service, and commends the National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. for its outstanding service, leadership, and commitment to the health and wellness of county residents.

“We are proud to be a Live Well partner,” said retired Navy Master Chief and NVTSI President & Executive Director Maurice Wilson. “The National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. has been a part of the County of San Diego’s initiatives to support military and veterans in the region easing their transition from the military and helping them successfully reintegrate into San Diego’s communities by supporting the County’s Military and Veteran Resource Centers in Escondido and National City.” And we look forward to expanding veteran services to Oceanside and East County for the improved well-being of our region’s veteran residents and their families.”

Ashford University and Ingram Micro Support REBOOT

Gratitude is a feeling of thankfulness. And that is where we find
ourselves – grateful to our partners and supporters.

Recently, Ashford University made a generous donation of $12,500 to
Operation REBOOT, while Ingram Micro donated $4,000. This helps us
greatly to continue to do what we do – help transition veterans back to
civilian life.

We are currently transitioning our 84th class, which will graduate on
July 28 and bring our total graduates to 1,508!

Ashford University and Ingram Micro – thank you! You are making a
difference in the lives of our community with this donation.

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National Veteran Transition Services, Inc. To Host InTransition Annual Muster, Aug. 16

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(San Diego, Calif.) July 13, 2016
– National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. (NVTSI), also known as Operation REBOOT, a San Diego-based non-profit that helps veterans transition back to civilian life, is organizing a Military & Veterans InTransition Muster, presented by Bank of America, on Tuesday, Aug. 16. A muster is a military term that means a formal gathering of troops for inspection or a “check-in.”

The day-long conference will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Liberty Station Conference Center, 2600 Laning Road in San Diego (92106). The day will consist of networking with 350 military and veterans, Warriors to the Workforce Hiring Fair, featuring 40 exhibitors/resources, breakout sessions and a continental breakfast, plus keynote lunch program.

The keynote will be given by Dr. Samantha Madhosingh. Known as America’s “Holistic Success Doctor®,” Dr. Samantha is a clinical psychologist, certified professional coach, and an expert speaker on emotional wellness, happiness, fulfillment, love, relationships and holistic success. She will discuss the Power of Positive Self Talk.

There will be two plenary sessions featuring eight experts in military to civilian transition and five transition tracks with experts covering topics such as: employment and career, education, living situation, personal effectiveness/wellbeing and community-life functioning.

NVTSI has helped thousands of veterans make the challenging switch back to civilian life through workshops that focus on relearning civilian culture while using military skills to their advantage. The educational workshops build upon military training and experience while preparing for life after the military. Operation REBOOT will match veterans with more than 500 area businesses.

The InTransition Muster is $25; service men and women can register online at www.intransition.vet. To follow on Facebook and Twitter, follow the hashtag #RethinkRetoolTakeControl. For more information on Operation REBOOT, visit www.nvtsi.org.

About Reboot
National Veterans Transition Services, Inc., a San Diego based 501 (c)(3) organization known as Reboot, is dedicated to assisting veterans in adjusting to civilian life and securing meaningful employment by combining evidence-based, best-practice performance techniques. Reboot WorkshopsTM help veterans achieve their full potential and goals in the transition domains of employment and career, education, living situation, personal effectiveness/wellbeing and community life functioning. For more information, visit http://www.nvtsi.org/.

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Between The Parades

Screen Shot 2016-07-30 at 11.50.22 AMOn public holidays, Americans salute their military. This Fourth of July will be no exception. In big cities and small towns across America, families will line the streets to watch Fourth of July parades, and sports stadiums around the country will bring veterans of all ages to center field, lighting up the skies with fireworks and paying homage to our military heroes.

Then the fireworks will be over, the parades will have passed by, and most Americans will return to their daily activities, with little attention paid to veterans and families until the next parade.

With less than one percent of American having served on the battlefield, most don’t have personal connections to those who have served. And hundreds of thousands of those who have served are coming home: some 250,000 men and women in uniform are now transitioning each year to civilian life.

Veterans and their families want a return to normalcy when they return home. But the military culture that serves to protect men and women while in service does not mesh with nor well- prepare them for civilian life. For far too many, their new neighborhoods are foreign, their families are estranged, and they are out of sync with what used to be home.

Ask veterans what they want and most will say that a return to normalcy starts with meaningful employment. American corporations and small businesses have admirably set significant targets for hiring our returning veterans and veteran unemployment continues to fall. Yet 50 percent of veterans leave their jobs within a year and 65 percent do so within the first two years. Forty seven percent of post 9/11 veterans report they are not working in their preferred career field.

San Diego’s Operation REBOOT started by the National Veterans Transition Services, has become a model for how to help veterans achieve what they are looking for. The focus is not just on hiring but on finding the right fit. REBOOT personnel understand both the military culture from which veterans are emerging and the civilian culture that they are about to enter. At the heart of REBOOT’s Centers for Military and Veteran Reintegration is a free, three-week workshop, designed to holistically address transition from military to civilian life. Going far beyond typical career transition programs, participants are given in-depth re-socialization training that culturally prepares them for civilian life after the military. They also undergo career assessments to help determine what career after the military is their best fit, and participate in mock interviews with real human resource professionals to hone their newly acquired skills. The results: for the past six years, REBOOT’s graduates have shown a 97 percent placement rate into gainful employment or post-secondary education, and 89 percent second-year job retention.

REBOOT works with many local partners to achieve their goals. One such partner is Vets’ Community Connections (VCC), a new national initiative with pilot community programs in San Diego, Maricopa County (Phoenix), Arizona and St. Joseph’s County (South Bend), Indiana. VCC is based on the premise that many more Americans, from all walks of life, can devote whatever limited time they have to help veterans and military families build the new community networks they need to succeed in civilian life. Within the three pilot communities, VCC is stitching together effective community coalitions – local Chambers of Commerce, elected officials, VISTA volunteers, SalesForce databases, local veteran and military family organizations, media outlets, civic groups and community volunteers from teachers to dentists to Little League coaches – all working together. Local 2-1-1 call centers are the force multipliers, linking veterans and families with those in the community ready to take their calls to answer reintegration and relocation questions. Taken together, REBOOT and VCC are addressing the small but very real needs of veterans and family members — how everyday Americans can use what time they have to help returning vets and their families translate interests into careers, and linking vets and spouses with fellow citizens already pursuing those careers: new local contacts who can help veterans or family members decide whether a particular career path is really for them (and, if so, how best to pursue it).

Almost eighty percent of all new jobs are never advertised, but found thru personal connections. REBOOT and VCC are just two of the new initiatives taking root in communities to help bridge the civilian-military divide with practical, pragmatic steps that give veterans and their families tangible links to real people, meaningful employment and new community networks.

Who are those real people? That’s all of us. Something not just to think or talk about but to act on between the parades.

Retired US Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Maurice Wilson is co-founder of OPERATION REBOOT. Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Doug Wilson and organizational management specialist Kari McDonough are co-founders of Vets Community Connections.

The Habit Burger Grill and San Diego Fans Raise More Than $11,000 For Reboot, Helping San Diego Veterans Transition Back to Civilian Life

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(IRVINE, CA) June 23, 2016 – The Habit Burger Grill and thousands of hungry fans in San Diego raised more than $11,000 to support National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. (NVTSI), also known as REBOOT, a non-profit that helps veterans transition back to civilian life. As a way to celebrate National Burger Month and to introduce its new San Diego-based catering truck, The Habit held fundraising events through San Diego County with 100% of the proceeds going to Reboot Workshops.

NVTSI has helped thousands of veterans make the challenging switch back to civilian life through workshops that focus on relearning civilian culture while using military skills to their advantage. The educational workshops build upon military training and experience while preparing for life after the military. Through their employer-focused initiative, Operation REBOOT, NVTSI will match veterans with more than 500 area businesses.

“REBOOT Workshops are all about helping veterans learn new habits. At REBOOT, we focus on taking the positive training from the military and adding back in the soft skills necessary for a better quality of life as a civilian. This financial support will allow us to offer another workshop this year, and we are very grateful to The Habit and the people of San Diego for their support,” said Maurice Wilson, president and executive director of NVTSI.

“At The Habit, better burgers are just the beginning as we serve the community. We appreciate the support of our San Diego fans and excited to know this effort will help Reboot serve even more veterans,” said Russ Bendel, CEO of the Habit Burger Grill.

The Habit Burger Grill opened its first San Diego location in 2011, and now operates nine restaurants in San Diego with three more planned to open in the area year. The new San Diego based catering truck offers the same high quality flame grilled burgers and full menu as the restaurants and can be booked for parties or events at https://www.habitburger.com/habit-truck/.

The Habit may be found on social media at facebook.com/habitburger, instagram.com/habitburgergrill, twitter.com/habitburger and youtube.com/habittube. For more details on The Habit Burger Grill, please visit habitburger.com.

About The Habit Restaurants, Inc.

The Habit Burger Grill is a burger-centric, fast casual restaurant concept that specializes in preparing fresh, made-to-order chargrilled burgers and sandwiches featuring USDA choice tri-tip steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade albacore tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it features fresh made-to-order salads and an appealing selection of sides, shakes and malts. The Habit was named the “best tasting burger in America” in July 2014 in a comprehensive survey conducted by one of America’s leading consumer magazines. The first Habit Burger Grill opened in Santa Barbara, California in 1969 and has since grown to more than 145 restaurants in 16 markets throughout California, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, Utah, Virginia and Washington. More information is available at  www.habitburger.com.

About Reboot

National Veterans Transition Services, Inc., a San Diego based 501 (c)(3) organization known as Reboot, is dedicated to assisting veterans in adjusting to civilian life and securing meaningful employment by combining evidence-based, best-practice performance techniques. Reboot WorkshopsTM help veterans achieve their full potential and goals in the transition domains of employment and career, education, living situation, personal effectiveness/wellbeing and community life functioning. For more information, visit http://www.nvtsi.org/.

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Bank of America Supports REBOOT with Grant

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

NVTSI is thrilled to partner with Bank of America Orange County, as they help Operation REBOOT to expand into the Orange County region and help us do what we do best – successfully reintegrate veterans as they return from service.

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We are proud of our close to 83 graduating classes. That’s 1,450 total graduates!

Now, with the help of our new partner, their $10,000 grant will help Orange County servicemen and women reintegrate into the workforce and their home life.

REBOOT’s Orange County Workshop at Argosy University is slated to commence October 3-21, 2016.

In the words of John F. Kennedy…

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”

Bank of America Orange County – you are making a difference in the lives of your community with this donation. Thank you!

Financial Health Means A Better Life For Veterans

opinioned-88San Diego is home to nearly 100,000 active service members and more than 240,000 veterans living and working right here – one of the highest such populations anywhere in the United States. While we owe a debt of gratitude for the service of veterans and their families, we also owe it to ourselves to recognize how integral they are—and will be—to our lives every day. Here in San Diego, for example, these men and women are inextricably linked to the $45 billion that the military generates for our local economy.

The need for greater financial education among veterans and military families is as great as it’s ever been. A 2015 study by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling found that service members carry higher credit card debt and unsecured debt balances than their civilian counterparts. And in a survey from Blue Star Families last year, financial issues rated among the top concerns for service members, veterans and their families. Nearly 90 percent of respondents said that financial readiness training should be more tailored to fit specific family needs.

Statistics aside, many simply struggle navigating the complex system of benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense, and figuring out credit, lending, savings and mortgage options can be daunting for those who are facing them for the first time.

Proper financial education can make a massive difference for all of us and for military families in particular. It can help to relieve financial stress—one of the major causes of tension in service members’ relationships—and it can improve the lives of entire families. For some, it can even be the difference between homelessness and gainful employment in a fulfilling career.

Here in San Diego, Bank of America works with military organizations like REBOOT San Diego and its veteran’s transition program that provides job skills and career education to returning service men and women. To date, REBOOT has helped over 1,450 transitioning service members and veterans maintain a steady 97% success rate in completion of their various workshops, attainment of a stated goal of education or employment and retention in the REBOOT program after their initial year. We’ve also been able to fund additional monthly workshops in North San Diego County to help Marines from Camp Pendleton and area veterans.

In addition, through BetterMoneyHabits.com —a financial education resource that Bank of America developed with education innovator Sal Khan and Khan Academy—we recently launched new content specifically geared toward veterans and military families. The new content offers transitioning service members guidance on issues like navigating the complexities of the GI Bill, a tutorial on how VA home loans work and a primer on buying a car. The publication Military Times partnered with us to discuss these topics along with financial readiness as part of a free webinar available online.

It has never been more urgent to ensure our community’s veterans have the financial education they need to succeed. More importantly, as citizens and members of the community, we each have a responsibility to use our unique skills and gifts to help unlock the potential of the veterans and military families we encounter every day. We do this through financial literacy. What strengths and skill sets can veterans benefit from you or your company?

Rick Benito-Bank of America
Senior Vice President / SBA Business Lending Executive
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