These past two months, I have explored either alternative careers or using alternative methods in traditional careers. I am honored to be part of a passionate and powerful organization (NVTSI) that has a purposeful approach to life and career transitions with its REBOOT workshop. And while what it is not necessarily “alternative” it took an innovative approach to helping others successfully develop their own lives. Below begins a 3-part interview with some of the people behind this program: Dr. Charlie Macias, (U.S. Marine) Psy.D, Dr. Richard Nicholson authors of Operation Legacy and Maurice Wilson, Executive Director of NVTSI.
About NVTSI and the REBOOT workshop:
NVTSI is a San Diego-based 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to assisting veterans in adjusting to civilian life and securing meaningful employment by combining evidence-based best-practice performance techniques.
It’s mission is to assist veterans in making a successful transition from military service to civilian life, with all veterans achieving, within their potential, their goals in the transition domains of employment and career, education, living situation, personal effectiveness/wellbeing, and community-life functioning.
Reboot transpires over three weeks. Below is an interview with the authors of week two.
Q: What was it like to co-author a book and then have the work be incorporated into the Reboot curriculum?
Charlie: When we originally spoke with Maurice, he said that our work would fit perfectly in week two. The rest is history. We believe Devine Intervention is at hand. Nothing in life happens by accident; everything in life happens for a very specific reason. (In my opinion) Our book was meant to serve every military veteran in this great country of ours. (Approximately 24 million Veterans in the U.S.) To have our material as week-2 is an honor and very humbling to know that we are changing lives for the better. We are truly blessed. Our Operation Legacy vision is to get our book into the hands of every military veteran in the U.S. Our mission (The How) is to do that through Reboot classes.
Rich: It was unexpected, and as a result of Maurice Wilson of Reboot and the leaders of Operation Legacy both proactively networking and seeking others who share the vision of helping with the reintegration process of our troops and veterans. This practice is also taught in the workbook as well as the Reboot workshop. The Operation Legacy workbook was designed as part of the total solution for transitioning veterans. By partnering with NVTSI/Reboot, both can now offer a broader solution set to the reintegrating troops and veterans.
Q: Why work on veteran transition issues?
Rich: I believe that there is a new National awareness and concern for our veterans at this time. I believe that we owe a National debt to our men and women who have served to protect our freedoms. The government is not equipped to fully meet the needs of our veteran women and men. They are returning to our communities and we have a responsibility to help with that reintegration.
Charlie: We published our book (Operation Legacy) two years before Reboot.
Our book is a “Stand-a-lone” book that can be worked by individuals to set the baseline for their transition out of the military. It was designed for anyone who is transitioning, but we wrote it specifically for the military.
To learn more about the Reboot workshop visit their site here: www.nvtsi.org
Stay tuned for Part 2 and Part 3 of this interview series.