Veterans rebuild civilian selves
In part three of our series on Texas veterans, we talk to Marine Sgt. Juan Chavez, a Taylor native, who will be discharged from the Marines soon and wants a smooth transition into civilian life. How he describes it:
“Totally nerve-racking,” said Chavez, who joined the Marines in 2003 and survived tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. “It’s this sense of, ‘Oh man, I’m becoming a civilian.’ I won’t be Sgt. Chavez anymore.”
Several programs have been created to ease veterans into civilian life and help with the transition.
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