Putting Your Military Training To Good Civilian Use: How Disabled Veterans Can Manage

26 October 2016
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Serving your country and then coming home with a disability that prevents you from continuing to serve can be a difficult transition. However, many of the skills you learned in your military training can be put to good use. Take rebuilding a war zone in times of peace--the contractor skills you learned you can still use. Here is how you can take your military training and put it to good civilian use and manage life as a disabled veteran.

Draw up Plans

If part of your military training included drawing up plans for construction or architectural work, you can still do that as a civilian. Even on a computer there are many adaptive devices that would allow you to speak your designs and instructions and architectural software that can help. You could either own and operate a service disabled veteran owned business for general contracting (where you are the designer and employees are the builders), or work for someone else in this capacity, such as Noreast Property Management Corporation.

Handle the Business End of Things/Accounting

Sometimes construction companies need both brains and brawn. You could handle the business end of things or just the accounting and payroll. Since many contractors tend to dislike this part of their businesses, you would be doing them a real favor by offering your services. This is an ideal desk job for any disabled vet that still has full use of his/her hands but limited to no use of his/her legs and feet.

Pick up a Hammer, Drill and Screwdriver

If your disability only entails one or both legs, but you can stand, walk, climb, etc. with prosthetics, you can continue building structures in the civilian world. Some construction companies give preferential treatment to hiring war veterans and disabled veterans, which helps you find work soon after your return home. Using tools and working with your hands helps combat any negative feelings you may have about your disability, an added benefit to the continued use of the skills taught to you in the military.


Foremen often check the work crews' progress, dictate what still needs to be done, and generally supervise what the construction crew is doing. Regardless of your physical or psychological disability, you could be a supervisor. This role works well for any veteran who was already in an officer's supervisory role while serving his/her country. It is one that you may find you can easily roll into and stick with within a construction company owned by someone else, or owned by you.