Don’t Leave the Military Until You’ve Read This Book The civilian life you return to will not be the civilian life you knew before you entered the military. The outside world has changed, and so have you. You are about to become a veteran— an American hero who served your country and deserves respect and support. Many organizations and veterans groups will be there to help you, but you first need to help yourself. As a former soldier, Michael Bluemling, Jr. knows the difficulties veterans face when they transition to civilian life. He learned the hard way how to apply his military skills in the public sector, overcome his disability, and succeed at operating a veteran-owned business. But he wishes someone had told him what he now shares with readers. Bridging the Gap for Veterans, From Soldier to Civilian—A Roadmap to Success is divided into two sections: 1) What you need to do before you leave the military, and 2) How to transition into civilian life. Each chapter is broken down into seven steps for success in a specific phase of your transition. You will learn how to: • Collect all your necessary information and data • Get all your personal affairs in order • Prepare your medical documentation • Take care of your psychological well-being • Use the GI bill to continue your education • Create connections through networking • Start a business as a vetrepreneur A new life awaits you, but winging it won’t get you far. Prepare yourself by reading this book.