The foundation of the Next Ridgeline: Courses for Career Readiness

Welcome to the foundational stage of your transition journey. At this initial phase, our focus is on meticulously selecting Green Berets for a series of specialized courses tailored to refine and elevate your skills, preparing you for success in the civilian job market. These courses are the cornerstone of your development, designed to enhance your unique abilities and align them with the demands of today’s career landscape. Through personalized instruction and practical application, you’ll emerge ready to tackle new challenges and seize opportunities with confidence. Expect a comprehensive curriculum that sets the groundwork for your professional advancement.

The Next Ridgeline 2.0 program commences with an introductory session aimed at equipping Green Berets with a comprehensive understanding of the VA claims process. This topic is prioritized due to its high demand among Green Berets seeking assistance. Facilitated by a Green Beret Foundation Veterans Service Officer (VSO), as well as aGreen Beret Foundation Board of Directors Member who is a retired Green Beret providing emotional and spiritual health coaching, this session addresses the complexities and challenges of navigating the VA claims process. Participants learn about various types of claims available to transitioning Green Berets, including Benefits Delivery at Discharge, Fully Developed Claim, and Standard Claim, as well as the necessary documentation required to support their claims, particularly in relation to injuries sustained during service in classified locations. Led by a Green Beret Foundation VSO, this initial session serves to establish rapport between the cohort and Foundation staff, while also laying the groundwork for an informed and successful claims process.

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During the Health and Wellness phase of the Next Ridgeline 2.0 program, experienced Green Berets who have successfully transitioned to civilian life as experts in emotional, spiritual, and physical health will offer education, guidance, and advocacy. This phase aims to provide ongoing support for Green Berets in managing injuries and conditions stemming from their service. The program’s objective is to promote holistic health by complementing care received through the Military Health System and the Veterans Health Administration.

The military-to-civilian transition encompasses not only the individual Green Beret but their entire family. In our program’s third session, “Family Matters,” participants address essential aspects such as children’s education, state benefits and taxes, job prospects for themselves and their partners, life insurance, wills, and building civilian support networks. Co-facilitated with our Program Partner, Home Base, participants learn about family resiliency programs. Green Beret Foundation staff also provide insight into available support for Green Beret families.

The fourth session emphasizes financial readiness, and is co-facilitated by Wells Fargo. This ensures participants gain a comprehensive understanding of financial wellness for their families and direct access to subject matter experts for ongoing support in establishing an individual financial plan. Topics will also include life insurance options and exploration of VA Home Loans, often overlooked during active duty.

The fifth session is divided into two parts to thoroughly explore educational and career opportunities for a meaningful transition. Professional subject matter experts familiar with Green Berets’ knowledge, skills, and abilities will lead discussions in sectors of interest such as cybersecurity, engineering, finance, and more.

In the final session, graduates gain access to our curated job board featuring opportunities from organizations actively seeking Green Berets. They’ll also be introduced to their Green Beret Foundation VSO to assist in completing the VA claims process. Additionally, participants gain access to the Green Beret Foundation’s exclusive Next Ridgeline Facebook group, providing a supportive network moderated by Foundation staff for ongoing engagement and peer support.

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