As a military veteran who has spent many years in Iraq and Afghanistan, I’m in a unique position to understand the needs of transitioning veterans. Some needs are simple and easily met; others are not.
22 military veterans commit suicide every day. This statistic, although true, is difficult to comprehend. We’re losing 600+ military veterans every month? It’s important that we take pause to let the implications of this set in. This isn’t a problem for someone else to solve.
What about the remaining vets? What are their states of mind? Who among them will be tomorrow’s 22? And how do we as Americans right the ship?
I was a civilian contractor in Afghanistan for several years before becoming a full-time student at Southern Methodist University in August 2014. Over the course of time since then, I’ve had the unique privilege of meeting a host of folks interested in helping veterans. In fact, the overwhelming majority of the people I meet either want to help veterans or at least see them helped. Basically, some are helping and others want to but are unsure how they can.
Many gracious and patriotic businesses want to hire veterans. We see evidence of this through military-friendly companies who seek to fill particular positions within their companies with veterans. However, there is simply too much specialization in today’s job market for veterans to transition into the job they really want or think they deserve.
Many veterans are content working in entry-level positions. But others grow complacent quickly, and many of their needs go unmet until they fester. Many pursue online degrees while working because they know, without it, they are truly stuck. Most veterans are doing everything they can to progress.
But there are others who are not at peace with where they landed in the civilian world. Most couldn’t even articulate exactly what it is that’s wrong with them. They’re too busy with the day-to-day struggle to take a 30,000-foot view of their lives. It isn’t that they don’t want to work. The work ethic of veterans is unchallenged. It’s the type of work they find that makes the difference. Or, in our case, the type of work that finds them.
This is the very essence of Emergent Services, LLC. Our goal was to seek that “perfect” job. And we found it. Our company is an Independent Adjusting firm, and we hire veterans (each with their own LLC) as Independent Adjusters who are called out to help Americans through the painful process of loss adjustment when their properties have been damaged by storms.
What are the benefits of this career?
- It pays well. Military veterans have risked their lives for years while earning a relatively low wage. Now the bulk of jobs offered to them require them to continue living paycheck-to-paycheck indefinitely. They need a job that pays them well enough to cover their bills and save for the future of their family members. Remember, most veterans don’t have retirement or savings accounts; only those who put in their 20+ years to officially retire do.
- It gives them plenty of time off. Veterans have a lot of lost time to make up for. So many memories have been missed. And they now find themselves watching the clock tick painfully slowly during work hours until they can get back home to their families to create new memories. They need a job where they can choose how much to work based on their financial need. Being self-employed as an Independent Adjuster would allow them to work 6-9 months a year and still remain financially independent.
- It allows them to travel. Idle time can be a vet’s worst enemy when paired with financial stress. Many military veterans could use the excitement of a deployment without the danger, deprivation or extended time away from their families that comes with deployment to a combat zone.
- It allows them to work alongside other veterans. It can, at times, be challenging for veterans to work alongside civilians. Their definitions of stress are different from ours. We speak different languages and oftentimes lack crucial key ingredients in common. On the other hand, working alongside other veterans, each of whom are small business owners just like they are, creates an efficiency to work flow that simply can’t be match in most other companies. Operational tempo is important to veterans and finding a job with other veterans helps bridge this gap.
- It allows them to continue serving Americans. This is an important one. They’ve been through extraordinarily tough times on behalf of Americans because they bleed red, white and blue. They literally offered their lives up to keep Americans safe. Only a veteran truly knows what this feels like. And they could use a job where they continue to help vulnerable Americans in need of the help of someone of great integrity.
- It allows Insurance companies to make an impact in the lives of veterans. Any Insurance decision-maker who does business with us can look at the previous benefits listed and be proud of being the patriot who offered all of these things when no one else could. And they could also be proud of extending this service to their customers.
"What we need are military-friendly insurance companies who recognize this perfect fit for military veterans and wish to include our firm among their rosters of Independent Adjusting firms. We believe our brand of adjuster will enhance the reputation of any insurance company who chooses to do business with us." - Jason Waller, Founder