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Veterans invited to ‘REBOOT’ their lives, prepare for life out of uniform

american-soldiers-stars-and-stripes-flag_GJF-VDI_LANSING, Mich. – Veterans looking to build their professional, educational and financial skills as they transition to civilian life are encouraged to register for an upcoming Michigan REBOOT Workshop.The free, three-week program – offered through the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) and often referred to as a “reverse boot camp” – is designed to help former military prepare for life after service. Class size is limited to 25 participants and registration is available at MichiganVeterans.com/MIREBOOT.

REBOOT Workshops are scheduled:

  • June 1-19 – Kent County Human Services Building, 121 Franklin, SE in Grand Rapids.
  • July 13-31 – MIAT College of Technology Main Campus, 2955 S. Haggerty Rd. in Canton (for female veterans only).

“REBOOT helps veterans do so much more than transition out of the armed forces – it helps them transform their lives and puts them on a path to success,” MVAA Director Jeff Barnes said. “By providing veterans with training sessions designed especially for them, we can equip them with the skills they need to achieve their goals and be successful in their civilian lives.”

The workshops runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, providing personalized training to address personal, social and professional aspects of the transition out of uniform. REBOOT includes seminars on resume building, financial management and selecting a college, as well as courses to better understand VA benefits and prepare for job interviews.

Graduates are also provided with job matching assistance, career coaching and ongoing support following completion of the workshop.

“This program helped me learn that you don’t have to transition alone,” said Wuraola Odunsi, a U.S. Army veteran who recently graduated from a REBOOT Workshop held in Detroit. “There are always going to be obstacles in life, but REBOOT has shown me how to tackle them. I can think outside the box now.”

Registration is available online and all veterans regardless of service era or discharge status are welcome.

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