Exciting Innovative Veteran Social Network; TakingPoint.com, Features Unique Online Community Networking Services

The United States of America has a complicated history with her veterans. Those who serve deserve praise and support for their decision to serve, but that often does not help individual veterans when they leave the military and begin the challenging transition to civilian life. TakingPoint offers the promise of two amazing opportunities: connecting veterans in transition to other vets who have already established themselves; and unlocking the sea of goodwill from the American people by bringing together veterans in a network where their voices can be heard.

The Challenging Transition

As military personnel return to civilian life, many issues can come up. New bills stack up that used to be paid by the military. Income is no longer steady, or even guaranteed to come in at all. Cultural differences can make socializing more difficult. These obstacles can be frustrating for veterans with good support networks and attractive short-term prospects, but they can be disruptive and life altering for those of us who lack a firm foundation of friends and family that are willing and capable of helping us get on the right path.

A New Type of Community

Up to the Vietnam War, there were official organizations with local chapters consisting of large groups of veterans who assembled to find old friends, tell stories, and meet other nearby veterans. The all-volunteer military of the last forty years rarely takes advantage of such groups, and our dwindling numbers make it difficult to connect with others who understand the struggles unique to the veteran community. The internet allowed new groups to emerge, such as Military.com, but they mainly serve as faceless sources of information rather than flesh-and-blood support. Fortunately, advances in social media technology have unlocked other options for American men and women who served our country. TakingPoint is grasping this opportunity to connect veterans in the community that was simply impossible only a few years ago. Now we can offer individual veterans the opportunity to connect and learn from those who have already made the transition, greatly increasing their prospects for a successful civilian life.

Toward Veteran Success

There are times when the path ahead looks difficult to every veteran. Figuring out benefits, education, jobs, and other important parts of civilian life are often lonely activities. TakingPoint’s CEO David Johnson felt that isolation personally when he left 10th Special Forces Group to attend college. His solution was to connect veterans with a platform for sharing practical advice for addressing these important aspects of transition. This powerful online network offers unlimited opportunities to seek advice from veterans who dealt with the same challenges. The draw of a shared veteran identity creates natural mentor relationships across the military and the country. And this is just the beginning for the company; more features are being added that will help veterans use benefits, connect veterans to their surrounding community, and give feedback to organizations designed to support them. A veteran takes a valuable step on the path to success every day thanks to TakingPoint.

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