Eskenazi Health doctor and veteran shares insights on returning to civilian life
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Dr. Chris Williams is an Army veteran who serves as the performance and improvement consultant at Eskenazi Health. Dr. Williams retired from the military after serving twenty one years; most of his time in the military was spent in the active Indiana National Guard.
Dr. Williams expressed how the transition from a service member to civilian life is not the easiest task.
“A service member brings with them a lot of leadership experience and talent, however there is a huge civilian gap”.”
Even though many employers are happy to hire a veteran because of their leadership experience, punctual behavior, and ethical qualities, starting at a company with military knowledge is not the same as starting with educational company knowledge.
To manage this difficult transition there are a lot of programs that will help companies bring in veterans. “Specifically for Eskenazi, they started an ERG for Veterans, which is a group specialized for Veterans and people who support Veterans.”
Dr. Williams expressed how it is okay for Veterans to take a step back and relearn civilian skills and a new area of expertise that is not Military related.