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    General Dominique Battani

    After a 34-year long career in the army, General Battani is now director of the Rungis market, one of France's largest food product s market in the town of Rungis, Val-de-Marne, in the vicinity of Paris, Fra nce. Used to operate in the field, the man does not hesitate to meet and talk with his teams at any time..

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Culture Shock

In contrast, working in civilian life tends to value the individual above the group, the very opposite of all you have been in your military life. Civilian workplaces also tend to be far less structured with a less obvious hierarchy.

Adjusting to life at home means becoming a full-time member of your local community. COMING HOME supports veterans be become involved in the local community projects, to help with settling back in whist crating transformational change for their communities and also inspiring future generations to serve.

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    Private Christophe Peuchaud

    Private Christophe Peuchaud

    After 27 years spent in the army, Christophe Peauch aud has chosen to focus on oenology, a passion he has turned into a profession a successful reconversion thanks to the help of the Veterans Transition to Ci vilian Life Institute

  • Lieutenant Eric Fasoli

    Lieutenant Eric Fasoli

    As we were saying earlier, Eric Fasoli, after 25 ye ars of loyal service in the army, and sharing the same passion for wine, met Christop he Peuchaud during his conversion to the field of oenology. In June 2014 t hey create together Oenoptimo, an event agency specializing in oenology and based in Paris


Securing a job when fresh out of the army, navy or air force can be daunting. Many military personnel will not have had a job interview since joining the forces as teenagers and may never have written a CV. In addition, by the nature being in the military, former service people tend to undersell themselves a lot. It is really important that the impressive range of skills and experience they have acquired in their military service is recognized so that it can be marketed to employers.

This means that someone writing a CV from the military police should not just focus on experiences as a police officer, but instead identify the managerial skills used in that role and how these skills could easily be translated into the civilian workplace. If you have had to manage 120 people, add this to your CV. Ex-military servicemen and women make good employees for their personal qualities, so these need to be emphasized. These qualities include dedication, loyalty, commitment and impeccable time management that can make these men and women stand out.

A successful CV will land a job interview. In the military things are done automatically in a lot of cases and most are used to following orders. This can often come across as lacking confidence in an interview situation when they are suddenly faced with selling skills. COMING HOME provides career guidance, vocational training and employment support to make interviews a manageable process.

Veteran Transition Conference events

Whilst a lot of what COMING HOME provide is online, we know that face-to-face contact with people with shared experiences can also be extremely helpful. COMING HOME transition conference events introduce you to dynamic entrepreneurs, business leaders and trailblazers that share their time to help you succeed in your transition from the military, offering guides to start your own successful business or find your dream job.

Conference events also give you a chance to access services in relation to health, finances, social support and all you need to transition to civilian life.

Change of purpose

Serving in the military provides a deep sense of purpose and finding a way in civilian life to serve in some way takes a lot of planning.

surving a purpose

Magna Gravida Dolore

Serving in the military provides a deep sense of purpose and finding a way in civilian life to serve in some way takes a lot of planning. This is not something that you can prepare for in the last three months of your military career. Separating from the military requires you to do the planning, not your seniors or your intelligence officers. COMING HOME helps you navigate probably the most important military operation in your military career.

Leaving the forces means that service men and women have to consider things that they have not needed to think about for a long time, if ever. From small decisions like what to wear to work to big things such as where their family will live and their next career move. Whatever the circumstances of their transition, it is likely that the service leaver will face some challenges and experience anxiety about what the future holds.

Friends and family

The transition from military to civilian life can be difficult. Whilst not everyone who experiences trauma develops post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), veterans have been trained to be highly functional in extreme environments.

family soldier and wife

This means that many of the medically labeled symptoms of PTSD are in fact combat skills and responses that are necessary for survival and not easily turned off.

As an example, trouble sleeping could be due to the need to be effective on limited sleep. In the same way, anger could be seen as adrenaline and focus while detachment is about keeping emotions in check. Whilst each transition home is unique, knowledge of this dichotomy and the overall military culture and values could help friends and families understand the challenges veterans face in returning to civilian life.

Research has shown that all impairments to a successful transition home revolve around relationships, either with veterans with themselves, partners, families or work. It is relationships that are pivotal for a happy and productive life. Whilst veterans may have once been seen as a soldier, sailor, aviator, marine and warrior, now they are another person in civilian life and other cultural factors may come more to the fore such as race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality.

It is for this reason that families and friends need to be patient as veterans get used to a whole new world. It is also worth understanding as it explains why even those with PTSD would volunteer to return to active duty. Life away from the military may appear dull and boring and life in service gives a strong and positive identity that may feel missing or flaky in civilian life. Sharing of veterans’ perspective is important in helping in spreading understanding.

Whilst many veterans will reintegrate smoothly into civilian society, others will struggle to adjust and experience more complex challenges. Facing this takes courage and ensuring veterans get what they need takes leadership. COMING HOME is playing a part in ensuring that veterans receive all their entitlements.

Stress Management

Transitioning can be stressful. COMING HOME offers resources to help you manage stress and cure anxiety. Combat stress or Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that may veterans experience after being exposed to one or more extraordinary life-threatening situations, which induced intense fear, horror and helplessness.

Combat Stress, the UK's leading charity for veterans' mental health, provides specialist clinical treatment for PTSD to help former servicemen and women understand the condition and learn to cope with their symptoms. Combat Stress also helps former servicemen and women deal with issues like trauma, anxiety and depression. COMING HOME can also put you in touch with the RAF Benevolent Fund (RAFBF) which has a strong tradition of looking after the RAF Family in the UK and overseas, including offering a wellbeing service to help with mental health issues.

National charity Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) provides access to private face-to-face therapy for mild-moderate mental health issues.