Beverly Smith’s REBOOT experience

I had been preparing for my transition out of the military years before my official retirement date. As a Navy Career Counselor Senior Chief, I was sure that I had the process right. Was I ever so wrong? The Navy did a great job developing me as a leader and providing me with valuable skills and tools needed to enter the civilian workforce. However; I lacked the experience of knowing how to showcase these exceptional skills in landing my perfect job.

I was familiar with the REBOOT program, but I wasn’t quite sure what they offered. I just knew it went beyond resume writing and interviews. When the opportunity presented itself for me to attend a REBOOT workshop, I jumped on it. And it completely changed my life.

Before attending REBOOT, I had gone on several interviews. I interviewed well and received two job offers. So what’s the problem, right? After these interviews, I would realize that the position was not what I wanted to be doing. So, I would decline the offers when presented. After declining my second job offer, I knew that I was missing something. It was not my resume or interview skills because I was getting the interviews and job offers. I begin to realize that the problem was with me. I was so caught up on “nailing” the interview and getting a job that I wasted valuable time applying for positions that weren’t a good fit for me “just because.”

My REBOOT workshop experience was more than just about informing me of my veteran benefits and teaching me how to write resumes and conducting mock job interviews. It was about how to relearn, rebuild, rebrand, and reboot my mind. What the workshop taught me is that when I apply the techniques of the program, I can start to understand and recognize scotomas and negative self-talk. And through this recognition, I can begin to change negative thoughts into positive affirmations.

The course teaches you how the mind works. If you think negative, you will have negative outcomes; and if you think positive, you will have positive outcomes. It taught me how to get in touch with who I am an individual. And to think about what I wanted for my life. Once I was able to put it all together, I was able to focus on making better decisions for me (to include applying for jobs).

Because of REBOOT, I am now pursuing my Ph.D. in Business Administration and finally landed a career that I love. I am closer to my son and only share my dreams with people who will support them. It is amazing how the mind works and how it can hold you back in life (if you allow it to do so). What I think is even more amazing is that there are so many people (including myself) walking around who don’t even recognize that subconsciously they have scotomas and negative self-talk; which is why I continue to use the techniques I learned from REBOOT in my daily routine.Beverly Smith, REBOOT Class 86

Student Testimonials

Student Testimonials

Maurice D. Wilson President/ED

“REBOOT has been carefully designed to address reintegration issues at their root cause by focusing on the (service member’s) positive attributes and teaching attendees how to understand and control thoughts. The workshop works through numerous scenarios and guides them through various situations providing them with peer-to-peer advice and sound cognitive education. The workshop validates their experience and teaches them how to manage thoughts and develop social cohesion for their return home.”

Community Partners; SDG&E Donates $15K

Where would we be without our community partners? They support us in so many ways – in kind, promotional and monetary donations, local veteran job hires, and helping us to communicate our message. SDG&E has been that partner to NVTSI and Operation REBOOT.

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SDG&E recently donated $15,000 in support of our REBOOT Workshops in San Diego. And, they are also coordinating a Going to Bat program with the San Diego Padres, where every Wednesday at Petco Park throughout the months of August and September, SDG&E donates 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.

SDG&E: we, humbly, thank you!

 

 

 

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.