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eagleflagfireworksThis is the second of three posts commemorating veterans and Veterans Day.

Veterans and service members generally do well adjusting to civilian life following their service. Sometimes, however, they face difficulties with relationships, financial responsibilities, and loneliness, along with other difficulties related to their return home.

The Departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) have developed Moving Forward: Overcoming Life’s Challenges to help veterans and service members strengthen problem-solving skills and overcome difficulties such as those named earlier.

Moving Forward is a free, confidential, online educational and life coaching program that can be useful to anyone with stressful problems. Based on evidence-based Problem-Solving Therapy, Moving Forward teaches skills to identify goals, problem solve, reduce stress, and increase optimism.

The self-paced online course and app allows veterans and service members to take the right module training at their convenience. EAP providers may consider referring veterans and service members to Moving Forward to bolster problem solving and offer additional support.

Moving Forward can be found at:   http://www.VeteranTraining.VA.gov/apps/MovingForward.

Happy Veterans Day!