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3 Veteran Personalities to Take On After Getting Your DD-214

There's no question that joining the military at 18-years-old can have a big impact on your self-perception. But when the time comes to leave the military and embark on your journey into civilian life, many veterans are left with nothing more than a DD-214, a GI Bill, and a quest to find out who they really are outside of the military.

Thankfully, if you're having trouble finding your identity after getting your DD-214, there are some tried-and-true veteran personalities to fall back on. If at first they seem like they just don't fit, don't worry... you may eventually grow into it.

Without further adieu, here are three post-service personalities many veterans find themselves embracing...

The T-Shirt Bro

We've all seen them blasting their cliche moto t-shirts across social media. You may even know some of them yourself. Well, you can be one too. If you decide to embrace this personality, just make sure you memorize a wide array of catch phrases like "You're welcome for my service." And give it your all, as some T-Shirt Bros have managed to turn their small shirt slinging businesses into very large national brands (eg. Nine Line Apparel).

The Survivalist

Did you make it through SERE school? Well now that you're out of the military, perhaps you should consider making an entire lifestyle of it. One thing I can assure you is that if you embrace this personality, your life will be anything but boring. Kiss the lame post-retirement lifestyle goodbye, venture into the woods and live off the grid. Build a weapons cache, bury your cash in the ground, load up on survival food, and grow that beard longer than the military would ever allow you to.

The Lifer

This personality is not for the faint of heart. Just because you're no longer active-duty, it doesn't mean you have to give up your title. When you encounter anybody in your life, make them address you as "sir." Don't even tell people your first name, instead introduce yourself as colonel or top. If an acquaintance drives by and waves at you, salute them so they know damn well who is in charge.

That's it folks. If you have any other veteran personalities you think should have made the list, drop a comment below and let us know what they are.

And it goes without saying, but if you're having trouble finding your new identity after leaving service, feel free to adopt any or all of these proven post-service personalities. You can thank us later.

3 comentários

William Harper Sr.
William Harper Sr.
01 de jun.

I have a question more than a comment. Who can a Veteran turn to for help after VA Dr.s have MIs diagnosed you, putting you on medication that has caused more damage to you physically by aggravating injuries from serving in 85 , difficulty walking and mentally stressing because of condition I’m left dealing with?


Russell L. VeRost
Russell L. VeRost
03 de dez. de 2023

hello I'M RUSSELL L. VeRost 5870 my question is my first assignment after boot camp was kingsville Texas and I was put on the crash crew using foam on crash fires mostly on practise fires but fires any way. that was 1960 to 1962. After getting out I wS TOLD I have COPD coused by foam.

no way to cure it. Help me. I'm now 83 and sufering having trouble breathing can't get enouph resque inhalers.any more.

Daniel lyons
Daniel lyons
08 de abr.
Respondendo a

I have the same problem, in 2002 I was told the same thing. They put me on Symbicort inhalers, I have been useding this inheller for over 22 years. Now the va has stop getting Symbicort inheller. And will not support this inheller anymore. Only generic Inheller. They stop me useing Symbicort, with out telling me . Just got out of the va hospital because I hade a reaction to the generic Symbicort. They still will not allow the Symbicort in my meda.

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