The biggest challenge facing military veterans is adjusting to civilian life. A recent Rasmussen Report indicated that 38% of the respondents felt that transitioning to civilian life was the biggest challenge. The other two most pressing challenges were getting civilian employment and accessing health care. Other challenges include dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and managing personal finances.
Most veterans feel that private employers do not value military experience. Veterans have problems abiding with civilian laws, co-existing with people whose norms and values differ from the military culture, and establishing relationships with civilians. Veterans also struggle to find new career paths. PTSD causes debilitating mental disability and is the leading cause of veteran unemployment.