MVAA Invites Female Veterans to ‘REBOOT’

Registration open for ‘reverse boot camp’ in Wixom

Female veterans looking to build their professional, educational and financial skills as they transition to civilian life are encouraged to register for the Michigan REBOOT Workshop taking place March 16-April 3 in Wixom.

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The three-week program – offered through the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) and often referred to as a “reverse boot camp” – is designed to help former military prepare for live after service.

The upcoming REBOOT Workshop is designed specifically for female veterans and will take place at Detroit Public Television, 1 Clover Court in Wixom. Please note, classes on March 30-31 will be held at MIAT College of Technology, 2955 S. Haggerty Road in Canton 48188. Class size is limited to 25 participants and registration is available at MichiganVeterans.com/MIREBOOT.

REBOOT Expands Women Veteran Workshops

Story by Krishna Jackson

SAN DIEGO – February 18 – REBOOT Workshops is launching a new initiative focused on women veterans and spouses. Graduates of the program got together in February to discuss their personal challenges with transitioning and share recommendations for how best to serve these special women. Each veteran shared her thoughts on what benefitted her most while going through the workshop and what might need improvement. REBOOT’s President Maurice Wilson, moderated the discussion.

“What suggestions do you have for us to make the workshop even better? Are you still using the tools? How valuable were these tools and how helpful have they been? Do you use them every day? Do you pass it on to other people, etc.,” asked Wilson during the luncheon that reunited women veterans from past all-women and co-ed REBOOT Workshop classes. The alumni answered specific questions so he could gauge what worked and what didn’t work in the program. 

REBOOT graduate, Zoe Fisher shared what she loved about her experience in the first all-woman REBOOT Workshop in October 2013. She was part of Class 58 where she learned about the psychological effects of transitioning from the military to civilian life. She said she still uses the tools she was given during the workshop.

“I use my vision board. I have it posted in my home office and I explain it to my kids and any of my friends who visit. I still use my REBOOT booklet and CDs,” she said. ”During our workshop we had the pleasure of working with a team that came in from New York called Operation Reinvent. They invited Fantastic Sams, Stila and Spiegel and we had a full makeover. That lead to me working with ACP [American Corporate Partners] and now I have a mentor.”

All of the attendees agreed that finding a mentor was a critical part of successfully transitioning.  Wilson took great interest in this feedback and expressed a desire to do more with mentorship in the REBOOT program. 

“As we work with more and more veterans we have found a gap between the services and support women veterans receive and those their male counterparts receive so we have actively engaged with organizations interested in helping women veterans overcome obstacles and find the help they need to succeed,” said Wilson.

The Ford Motor Company and the Boeing Employee Fund of Southern California are two such organizations supporting women veterans. They are sponsoring the all-women veteran/spouse REBOOT Workshops coming up in the spring and fall in Los Angeles. Other partners sponsoring the L.A. workshop include the Sony Corporation and veteran investigative reporter/producer/author Don Ray, also the founder of The Endangered History Project, Inc., and Veterans in Film & Television. The workshops will take place on National University’s L.A. campus March 9 through 27.  The third all-women veteran/spouse REBOOT Workshop will be held in Southeast Michigan in March and is sponsored by the Michigan Department of Veterans Affairs.

During the L.A. workshops, Ford will provide mentoring for the 40 women graduates and attached to the project (but funded separately) is a documentary of the challenges female veterans face while trying to reintegrate back into civilian society. It will tell their story, document their challenges, and point out the gaps overlooked by the system.

Women veterans currently make up less than 10% of the more than 20 million veterans in the U.S. but that number is expected to drastically clime over the next 40 years. Studies show women veterans are facing greater challenges than their male counterparts when they return to civilian life. And yet, too often, they are flying under the radar when it comes to the assistance they need. Unfortunately the existing government-ran transition programs do not go deep enough to meet their needs resulting in many women leaving the military with unresolved issues such as military sexual trauma (MST), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and unemployment. That is why Wilson wants to expand the REBOOT program to help more and more women veterans. 

To learn more about NVTSI’s Woman Veterans Initiative please visit our webpage. If you are interested in becoming a mentor please visit our page.

 

Serving those who Served: GP War Memorial Provides Lunches to Vets at REBOOT Workshop

For three weeks during the bitter winter of 2015, the Grosse Pointe War Memorial had the distinct honor of preparing lunch for REBOOT, a workshop to help veterans transition to civilian life.

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Serving Those Who Served Video

REBOOT was held at Detroit’s Piquette Square, a support center and apartment project for homeless veterans, from January 26-Feb. 13. The program addressed the personal, social and professional issues surrounding the often difficult transition to life after the military. And for those three weeks, GP War Memorial Executive Chef Angelo Loria drove down to Piquette Square to deliver the food made by him and his staff.

We followed Chef Angelo and his crew down for graduation day to capture the emotional culmination of this wonderful program.

Music courtesy of Mobygratis.

MVAA-hosted workshop helps 16 Detroit veterans ‘REBOOT’ their lives

‘Reverse boot camp’ equips veterans to make a positive change 

Sixteen veterans now have the chance to reinvent themselves and build on the professional, educational and financial skills learned during their successful completion of the REBOOT Workshop held at Detroit’s Piquette Square for Veterans. The three-week program, hosted by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA), concluded with today’s graduation ceremony, where veterans from the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force shared their personal stories and celebrated their accomplishments.


Wuraola Odunsi, a U.S. Army veteran and Michigan native, said the REBOOT program changed her life.

“The Army offers programs for reintegration, but I still didn’t know where to start or how to start once I entered civilian life,” Odunsi said. “I had a plan, but it didn’t pan out. This program helped me learn that sometimes you can’t prepare enough, but I also learned that you don’t have to transition alone. REBOOT gave me confidence. I can think outside the box now.”

Mentors Sought For Women Veterans In Los Angeles

Studies show that women who have served in the United States military are facing greater challenges than their male counterparts when they return to civilian life.  Too often, they are flying under the radar when it comes to the assistance they need.

For this reason, the National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. (NVTSI) is conducting a three-week program funded by Ford Motor Company called, the Freedom’s Sisters Reboot, to address the unique needs of female veterans.  Freedom’s Sisters Reboot will address personal, lifestyle and career transitional issues.

A key component of the program will be an opportunity for the female veteran participants to benefit from the one-on-one mentoring from a successful local community leader.

REBOOT’s Mentor Program
Workforce research reinforces the fundamental value of mentoring and the measurable impact of one-on-one coaching.  The REBOOT Mentor model is designed to engage a cross section of veteran and civilian mentors who provide insights, advice and encouragement to steer women veterans and military/veteran spouses on individualized courses of action in the civilian workplace.  Program participants enter the REBOOT Mentoring Program as members seeking access to tools, resources or one-to-one confidential guidance, with the flexibility to change their status as needed/desired.

REBOOT’s Veteran Mentor Program connects Female Veteran Mentees with Mentors for a year-long mentorship.  Paired based on their career objectives and professional experience, Mentors and Mentees define the goals of their mentorship together and focus on a successful transition from the military to the civilian workforce. 

What is Required of a Freedom’s Sisters Mentor?

  • Attendance at a 3-hour Mentor Training Class, which includes overviews of military culture and the Freedom’s Sisters Reboot Workshop on one of the following dates:

    March 19 – 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
                   or 5:00 PM to  8:00PM

    March 25 – 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
                   or 5:00 PM to  8:00PM        

  • Attendance at the Freedom’s Sisters Reboot Workshop graduation, to be held on Friday, March 27th 
  • Commitment to meet with the Veteran Mentee regularly over a one year period to provide guidance on achievement of their life priority goals.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor for women veterans please complete our online application today by clicking the below link – sign up to be a mentor.

To Learn more about becoming a mentor contact Martha Deloera at: 619.822.2701 or martha@nvtsi.org

Women Veterans Sought for Los Angeles Workshop

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‘Forgotten vets’ will get help reintegrating into society

San Diego – January 11, 2015 – Women who served in the United States military are facing greater challenges than their male counterparts are when they return to civilian life, studies show. And yet, too often, they are flying under the radar when it comes to the assistance they need.

The call is out for two-dozen or more Los Angeles-area women veterans to participate at no cost in a three-week program that will focus on their unique needs.

Organizers say the progressive training builds upon the participants’ military training, skills, and experience. They say it addresses the personal, social, and professional aspect of military-to-civilian life transition and has a 97-percent success rate.

The non-profit, National Veterans Transition Services, Inc.’s all women veterans REBOOT Workshop will run from March 9 to March 27 on the campus of National University in Los Angeles. The veterans will attend daylong classes, five days a week.

“More than 1,100 veterans have been able to reintegrate successfully into civilian life after they completed the REBOOT Workshop,” said co-founder Maurice Wilson, “but only now is it specifically targeting women veterans.” Wilson is, himself, a retired Navy Master Chief Petty Officer.

He says they based the curriculum around how people think, and the impact that people’s thoughts have on every facet of their lives.

“We designed the workshop, “Wilson said, “to build awareness of how your mind works, how to control the way you think and how to achieve success in any part of your life.”

Ford Motor Company is providing the funding and logistics for the workshop with additional support from the Boeing Employee Fund of Southern California, Wilson said.

“We’re reaching out to as many veterans groups and support organizations as we can,” He says. “But we’re counting on the general public to share this information with women veterans they may know or know about.”

He says women veterans, as well as wives of combat veterans can learn more and sign up by visiting its website, http://www.nvtsi.org/women-veteransspouses or calling 866-535-7624.

For additional information, please contact Maurice Wilson at 619-822-2704 or maurice@nvtsi.org

 

Now Enrolling for Los Angeles All Woman Veterans Workshop

Screen Shot 2014-12-08 at 9.13.00 AMStudies show that women veterans face greater challenges than their male counterparts. Yet there are very few programs to help them re-assimilate into civilian life. To answer the call, National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. (NVTSI) also known as REBOOT, has launched the Women Veterans Initiative. We designed the program to meet the unique needs of women veterans as they transition from military to civilian life. The REBOOT Workshop™ is the nation’s only transition program of its kind that provides women vets with the tools they need to succeed.

Workshop to begin in March – Click here for details

 

Wells Fargo Donates $50,000 to Support REBOOT Workshops

SAN DIEGO – December 18, 2014 – Wells Fargo announced today a $50,000
grant to non-profit National Veterans Transition Services, Inc.
(NVTSI), commonly known as REBOOT. NVTSI is dedicated to assisting
veterans with adjusting to civilian life and securing meaningful
employment.  This is part of Wells Fargo’s Economic Opportunity Grant
Program that supports workforce development and job creation, particularly for veterans.
The $50,000 grant to REBOOT demonstrates Wells Fargo’s continued
commitment to providing support for San Diego’s growing population of
returning veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq and helping them
successfully transition into the civilian workforce.   Since 2012, the
company has donated over $175,000 to REBOOT, this contribution brings
the total to $225,000.  In addition to financial support, Wells Fargo’s
recruiters regularly coach REBOOT graduates on interviews skills and
conduct mock interviews. These coaching sessions help prepare graduates
for job networking events with local companies looking to hire skilled
veterans.
“We’re honored and grateful for Wells Fargo’s continued generosity and
commitment to helping local veterans making the transition to the
civilian work force,” said Maurice Wilson, president of REBOOT and a
retired U.S. Navy Master Chief Petty Officer. “It costs approximately
$2,500 to take each individual through our program, and we do it
without charge to the veterans. This method has proven to be 97%
successful and saves our veterans time and taxpayers money. We need the
help of companies like Wells Fargo to help give those who, with the
right training and guidance, will continue to contribute to our economy
and quality of life.”
“Wells Fargo is proud to support our nation’s returning veterans and
their families,” said Brian Lee, Wells Fargo’s North San Diego area
president. “By supporting REBOOT we are furthering our commitment -
both locally and nationally – by making a significant impact on the
lives of men and women who have served our country so well.”
Wells Fargo will make a check presentation to NVTSI at the graduation
of REBOOT Class # 68 on Friday 19 December at NVTSI’s new headquarters
located in the Point Loma Nazarene University Building located in
Mission Valley at 4007 Camino Del Rio South. The graduation ceremony
starts at 11:30AM and ends at 1:00PM.
The point of contact for inquires is Maurice Wilson, NVTSI Executive
Director who can be reached at 619-602-2577 or email at

Register now for January Detroit REBOOT Workshop

DETROIT – December 17, 2014

Former U.S. military service members can start off the new year with a new outlook by participating in a three-week session designed to help prepare members of the armed services for life after the military.

Registration is now open for the Michigan REBOOT Workshop scheduled for Jan. 26-Feb. 13 at Piquette Square in Detroit. The workshop, often referred to as a “reverse boot camp,” is being offered through the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA). It will provide extensive personalized training that addresses personal, social and professional aspects of the transition from military to civilian life, at no cost to the veterans who participate. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, however, participants are responsible for their own transportation.

Class size is limited to 25 participants and registration is available at MichiganVeterans.com/MIREBOOT. Piquette Square is located at 6221 Brush St., Detroit, 48202.

MVAA will host three additional Michigan REBOOT Workshops in 2015 and online registration is also open for these sessions:

  • March 16-April 3, 2015 (Women veterans only) – Southeast Michigan (location TBD)
  • April 27-May 15, 2015 – Lansing (location TBD)
  • June 1-19, 2015 – Grand Rapids (location TBD)

Developed by the National Veterans Transition Services, Inc., each REBOOT Workshop offers three weeks of education designed to enhance and build upon their training, experience and skills. While the workshops are geared primarily toward Post-9/11 veterans, they are open to all veterans regardless of service era or discharge status.

For more information, call 1-800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838).

REBOOTed veteran shares her story and pays it forward

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I’m a U.S. Navy veteran coping with life after the military. I miss my Navy career and the camaraderie of those sharing the same mission. I know things would be very different for me if REBOOT hadn’t found me before I left the Navy.

I was a combat documentation specialist covering evidence of war crimes including the exhumation of mass graves and land mine management activities in Bosnia. I mentored Afghans while covering U.S. Army sustainment brigade missions throughout Afghanistan as a public affairs non-commissioned officer and documented counter-piracy operations in the Somali Basin and Gulf of Aden on a Navy destroyer. I have been the only female on many national and international all-male expeditionary assignments around the world, which makes me believe in my heart women can perform in combat roles. A part of me wishes I could continue to be a part of the evolution of women in the military but I had to move on with life as a civilian and REBOOT helped me do that.

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I was introduced to REBOOT through a coworker. He told me the program would help me prepare for getting out. I needed some good news at this point because I had just talked to a new civilian coworker and the story he told me about life as a veteran was horrible. He told me about how daunting it was to prepare for separation and how the search for a job was even more challenging. He had been out of the Navy for almost four years and this job was the first promising position he’d found since he left the military.  He continued to tell me he’d been living with his parents to get by. He had applied for hundreds of jobs online or in person and only a handful resulted in a call back or interview.

I couldn’t afford to look for a job for four years and living with my parents wasn’t an option. I was the sole provider for two young children and my disabled mother. All my military accomplishments and decorations weren’t going to pay the bills once I was out, so what was I going to do? My heart sank and I went into my office, closed the door and cried to myself. It felt like the hardest thing I would do, would be to leave the military. I was feeling lost and hopeless.

When I got to REBOOT I walked into a room filled with 20-something other veterans and transitioning men and women in civilian clothes.  We all were a little excited to get started but I was feeling apprehensive and wondered what the catch was.  I had a hard time believing a three-week transition program that was free wasn’t going to cost me something. It seemed I was content to feel sorry for myself because I didn’t want to leave the military and I was scared of life as a civilian.

By the end of the first day I was singing a different tune.  The facilitator told me, and the rest of the class, we could do anything we put our minds to. He said the possibilities were endless because we were no longer going to be confined by the structure, demands and limits of life in the military. It was like having an epiphany.  I could do anything I wanted to? I didn’t have to leave my family anymore?  I could be there for my daughter’s birthdays and not have to have her look me in the eyes and ask me not to leave again? I liked how that made me feel.  As a single mother traveling the world for the military, I had missed a lot of time with my daughter and now I would be there for her everyday. I had also taken in my young nephew and sick mother so being home was more important than ever.

That was just the beginning of the transformation that took place inside me while going through REBOOT. They encouraged me to envision the future I wanted and showed me ways to reinforce that vision through cognitive exercises and positive affirmations.  What I learned was empowering. It made me feel like I could do anything and more than one year later I still feel that way but the road hasn’t been an easy one. Figuring out exactly what you want to do with the rest of your life is the hardest part of leaving the military when you have been in it for so long. I love writing so I at least knew my future career had to include my passion.

In addition to igniting the optimist in me, REBOOT provided me with resources to help me with my transition out of the military. They helped me find an advocate to file my Department of Veterans Affairs, VA disability claim, they put me in touch with representatives from local schools to pursue my education, they taught me networking skills and took me to events to help me connect with employers, additional veteran resources, entrepreneurs and best of all veterans just like me who want to stay connected to other veterans.

Now I’m in college pursuing my bachelor’s, working part time as a photographer and media specialist, receiving care for my disabilities through the VA and feeling hopeful that I can do more than just provide for my family. I know becoming a civilian takes a long time after serving in the military, especially since I had a habit of putting myself in challenging roles, but I am using the same tenacity I used in the Navy to be successful in civilian life. Thanks to REBOOT I have the confidence and understanding that transitioning isn’t an overnight process but I can do it.

REBOOT is paid for by individual and small business donations and corporate sponsorships. I believe in REBOOT so much so that I donate $19 a month to help other veterans go through the program and I use my communication talents to highlight the program and share stories about veterans who have also gone through REBOOT.

If you’d like to donate to help a veteran go through REBOOT, you can do it through REBOOT’s Facebook page or click here.

If you want to know what it was like first hand to go through REBOOT, you can join me on my day to day voyage at VETERANS REBOOT LIVES or check out my current blog, INVISIBLE WARRIORS, about my life as a veteran.

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