When a service member transitions out of the military, their family transitions alongside them. This transition is often marked by challenges associated with geographic relocation, career uncertainty, family reintegration, and the re-establishment of community and supports (to name a few). This unique experience faced by veteran families requires an equally unique and specific set of services.
The Veteran Family Transition (VFT) Program aims to meet this need, providing peer navigation and targeted support to transitioning spouses, committed partners, and couples, as well as post-service veteran spouses and partners. The peer navigation services offered within the VFT Program, provide couples and families with a regional network of supports, to identify their unique needs, and connect them with appropriate and quality services in their area.
How does it work?
Participants will first complete the Veteran Family Transition Assessment, which will help determine their transition needs and goals. They will then be matched with a Veteran Spouse Network Region Leader in the area they live in or are moving to. Region Leaders will meet with participants to help them develop a transition plan, and connect them to vetted resources to help meet their goals. Region Leaders will continue to follow-up with participants over the course of 6-12 months, to check-in, provide assistance, and address any new needs that evolve and arise throughout the transition journey.
How to Get Started
To get started, and be matched with a Region Leader in your area, please complete the Veteran Family Transition Assessment, or enter the following link into your browser: https://utexas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_01d3fzz9H1Ke1KZ
The Veteran Family Transition Assessment helps us determine your eligibility and better understand your transition needs and goals. If you are seeking support with your spouse or partner, you will each need to complete a separate assessment prior to being connected to a Region Leader.
Once your assessment has been completed, you will be contacted via e-mail with any follow-up questions, and connected to the Region Leader in your area.
The VFT Program serves these service members, veterans, and spouses/committed partners:
- Spouses or committed partners of post-service veterans.
- Spouses or committed partners of active duty service members who are within 1 year of separation from the military.
- Active-duty service members who are within 1 year of transition, who are seeking transition support with their spouse or partner.
- Post-service veterans who transitioned out of the military, who are seeking transition support with their spouse or partner.
All participants must currently reside in or be planning a move to a city in Texas that has an established VSN Region Leader (noted below).
- If a Region Leader does not exist in your community, a warm hand-off will be provided to your local Veteran Service County Officer.
Meet Our Region Leaders
All VSN Region Leaders are the spouse or partner of a veteran who has gone through transition and bring a wealth of experience and knowledge from their own transition journey. Sites will be added as new Region Leaders are recruited and trained. If you are interested in serving as a VSN Region Leader for your community, please check out our Leadership Opportunities page to learn more and apply!
Spouses Transition Too Events
Military and Veteran Spouses transition too! Military spouses and partners are often tasked with coordinating PCS moves, navigating family life during deployments, and much more throughout their families’ time in the military. But how do you manage transitioning to the civilian world?
Join us each week in May to connect with others going through the transition from military spouse/partner to veteran spouse/partner! Each session is open to new participants. Sign up for the one’s that interest you or sign up for all.
To be eligible, you must be a military spouse or partner and your family must be within one year prior to leaving the military. Veteran spouses and partners that left the military within the last year are also encouraged to join. All participants must reside in Texas.
|Spouses Transition Too: Our Transition Stories||Tues, May 4th, 2021||6:00-7:30pm CDT|
Spouses Transition Too: Burden of the Transition Checklist
|Tues, May 11th, 2021||6:00-7:30pm CDT|
Spouses Transition Too: Military Spouse to Veteran Spouse
|Tues, May 18th, 2021||6:00-7:30pm CDT||https://transition51821.eventbrite.com|
|Spouses Transition Too: Adjusting to Civilian Life||Tues, May 25th, 2021||6:00-7:30pm CDT|
Virtual Open House
If you are interested in learning more about the Veteran Family Transition Program, register for our upcoming Virtual Open House here: https://vsnopen41321.eventbrite.com
Check out the video below to hear from the Veteran Family Transition team about their own transition journeys, and learn more about how the program can support you!
UPDATE RE COVID-19
Due to the rising rates of COVID-19, all of our programs will remain virtual until further notice. We are committed to prioritizing the health and safety of all of our program participants and leaders and will determine the status of in-person activities with that in mind. This page will be updated as those decisions are made.