Thousands of veterans transition from military service into the civilian workforce every
year. Their journey is full of opportunity and challenge. Institutions like the Institute for
Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University have made significant
strides in supporting this transition through comprehensive programs and partnerships.

However, as we commend these efforts, we also recognize a critical unaddressed
gap—the long-term sustainment of veterans in their new civilian roles.
Therefore, I’d like to explore the often-overlooked aspect of veteran transition: the
need for a sustainable environment that supports veterans well beyond their initial
employment. I’ll also dive into research on veteran turnover and the principles behind
creating a Vet READY workplace, and introduce Max Fab Consulting’s pioneering
approach to ensuring veterans not only land jobs but thrive in them.

Understanding the Veteran Turnover Problem

Veteran turnover is a significant issue in the civilian workforce. Research shows that up
to 50% of veterans leave their first post-military job within the first year, which rises to
80% by the end of the second year. This high turnover rate is not merely a statistic but
a deeper systemic issue within workplace environments that fail to meet veterans’
unique needs.

The challenges contributing to veteran turnover include:

Cultural Misalignment: Many veterans struggle with a work culture vastly different
from the structured, mission-driven ethos of the military.
Lack of Support: More support mechanisms are needed to help veterans navigate the
complexities of civilian professional landscapes.
Recognition and Utilization of Skills: Employers often need to improve veterans’
skills and leadership qualities, which can lead to job dissatisfaction.

The Role of Institutional Support

While organizations like IVMF provide invaluable services to transitioning veterans, their
scope is often limited to initial employment phases, such as skills training and job
placement. The IVMF’s mission statement emphasizes collaboration with various
stakeholders to provide quality programming. However, the end goal must extend
beyond placement; it should ensure veterans can sustain and grow within their new

The concept of sustainment—keeping veterans engaged and employed long-
term—requires a shift from viewing employment as a singular event to understanding it
as part of a continuum of care. This shift demands that institutions with access to
substantial resources and grant funding invest in longitudinal studies and programs that
address the ongoing needs of veterans in the workforce.

Max Fab Consulting: Bridging the Gap

Max Fab Consulting has recognized the need for a more holistic approach to veteran
employment and created Vet READY program. Our work is not about temporary
solutions but about creating lasting change. Here’s how we address the sustainment

The Call to Action

To truly honor the service of our veterans, we must ensure that their transition into the
civilian workforce is not just about finding a job but about thriving in a sustaining
environment. Institutions, corporations, and foundations must invest in creating
workplaces where veterans can stay and succeed.

Max Fab Consulting is at the forefront of this initiative, but collaboration is critical. We
invite stakeholders at all levels to join us in this mission. Let’s not stop at “thank you for
your service.” Let’s ensure that every veteran has a place where they can continue to
grow and feel valued long after their military service ends.

Creating sustainable veteran employment is about more than just filling jobs. It’s about
understanding and integrating the experiences, skills, and needs of those who have
served our country into the very fabric of our workplaces. As we move forward, let’s
focus on building environments that attract veterans and are equipped to retain and
nurture them. This is the mission of Max Fab Consulting, and it should be the goal of
any organization genuinely committed to veteran integration and success.

Together, we can close the gap in veteran employment sustainability and truly move
the needle towards creating Vet READY workplaces. Connect with me today to get Vet READY.

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