Personal coaching helps Veterans unlock their leadership potential

Military leadership training effectively equips service members to take on roles as leaders; unfortunately, transition to civilian life can be filled with obstacles that derail this leadership potential. Personal coaching is one of the most powerful solutions to support Veterans to combat PTSD and hone their leadership skills. Coaching offers Veterans a safe and comfortable environment in which to explore and personalize their approach to achieving their goals. In this blog post, Churchill Coach and Veteran Jack Perry explores how coaching can benefit Veterans and help improve their lives. The areas listed in the blog are the most common he personally dealt with and has witnessed among his peers and fellow Veterans. Read on and you will learn the value of leadership coaching for those who have served and sacrificed.

Transitioning to Civilian Life

Making the transition from military life to civilian life can be a tricky and complicated process. Still, Veterans can have a smoother and more successful transition with the proper knowledge, resources, and support. One of the most significant challenges Veterans face is navigating the employment process. Accessing job counseling, training programs, or college classes to gain civilian job experience can offer a pathway to a rewarding civilian career. In addition, easily accessible job fairs, Veteran job boards, and volunteer postings are all critical resources Veterans use to make that transition. Other challenges of civilian life that Veterans may need to adjust to include learning how to build a personal budget, access healthcare, and find a new social community outside of the military community that they have grown accustomed to.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder And The Benefits Of Coaching Veterans


Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating condition affecting many brave
servicemen and women who have fought for our country. Though a wide range of traumatic events can cause it, it is typically due to combat and other life-threatening experiences encountered during military service. When left untreated, PTSD can wreak havoc on individuals and their families, with symptoms such as sleep disturbances, nightmares, and flashbacks, leaving sufferers feeling isolated and alone. Thankfully, there is an increasing focus on supporting our Veterans in managing the effects of PTSD, and one of the most promising treatment options available is coaching.

What is PTSD Coaching?

A PTSD coach helps individuals identify and recognize the signs and symptoms of their PTSD and helps them find ways to manage their condition better and live healthier, more productive lives. It is a holistic approach to addressing PTSD symptoms instead of focusing on symptom management.

Rather than relying on drugs or simply trying to “tough it out,” coaching helps individuals tackle the underlying issues related to their PTSD, such as low self-esteem, social isolation, and substance abuse, to make long-lasting, positive changes.


The Benefits of Coaching for Veterans With PTSD

The first benefit of coaching for Veterans with PTSD is that it helps to reduce symptoms. By assisting Veterans in recognizing and talking about their symptoms, coaching helps them develop ways to manage better or eliminate negative feelings and behaviors. This can be done through restructuring thoughts, identifying triggers, and challenging self-destructive beliefs. Additionally, through the structure that coaching provides, Veterans are more likely to adhere to their treatment plans, which can help them recover.

Coaching also helps build resilience in the face of the adversity Veterans often face. Through the guidance of a trained PTSD coach, Veterans can learn to draw on their inner strength and develop coping strategies that will help them to deal with any challenges they may face. They can also learn to break down tasks and set achievable goals, which may help them find a renewed sense of direction.

Finally, coaching creates an opportunity for Veterans to break free from a feeling of isolation. Through working with a coach, Veterans can be reminded that they are not alone in their struggles and that there are people out there willing to offer support and guidance. This can be especially helpful for Veterans struggling with isolation or disconnectedness from their peers and family.

Ultimately, coaching is a powerful tool for Veterans with PTSD that helps them to unlock the full extent of their leadership potential in the context of civilian society. Helping reduce symptoms, build resiliency, and foster community can be an invaluable resource for Veterans on their journey to recovery and the military transition to civilian life. If you are a Veteran struggling with PTSD, consider contacting a qualified and experienced coach who can help provide you with the support and guidance you need.


Finding Support

If you are a Veteran, you know the daily stress of transitioning from the service back into civilian life. It can be overwhelming. Seeking out counseling or other forms of therapy is sometimes daunting and expensive, but there’s another option for Veterans – utilizing coaching. Coaching is a supportive method of helping you navigate the transition back into civilian life through personalized coaching sessions tailored to you. But, coaching is not just beneficial for the Veteran; family support is also critical to utilizing coaching.


Veterans are fortunate to have spouses who understand their unique challenges in adapting to civilian life. Having a spouse on board with Veteran coaching can make all the difference. A supportive spouse can give the Veteran a sense of safety they need to open up, share their experiences and emotions with the coach, and progress towards their goals. Additionally, spouses who understand the unique challenges of Veterans can help provide the encouragement and support a Veteran needs to continue with coaching.


For many Veterans, the transition from military to civilian life can strain
relationships with their children. Veteran coaching can be incredibly beneficial for re-establishing and strengthening relationships with children. With a coach’s help, Veterans can learn new skills and strategies for communicating with their children and repairing and building strong bonds with them.


Having a support network of friends is critical and beneficial for Veterans transitioning back into civilian life. Veteran coaching can also provide the opportunity to re-engage with friends, which can help vets rebuild relationships that are often lost after their service. A coach can provide the encouragement and guidance Veterans need to reach out to and reconnect with friends from before and after their service.


Veteran coaching can provide the essential support a Veteran needs to re-engage in interacting with people from all walks of life. A coach can help Veterans conquer their fears and anxieties about engaging in social situations and being around people. This is also an opportunity for Veterans to trust someone outside their immediate family and rebuild relationships with old friends or even find new ones.

Isolation Support

Veterans dealing with psychological and emotional issues associated with their service may feel isolated or disconnected from their family and friends. A coach can help Veterans break down those barriers and start opening up to the people in their lives, making them feel supported and connected. In addition, Veteran coaching can provide the opportunity to build trusting relationships with people, making all the difference in becoming more connected and accepted within their social network.

Veteran coaching can be an invaluable tool for Veterans. Utilizing this resource provides Veterans with the help they need in transitioning back into civilian life and offers family support. With the help of the Veteran’s family, spouse, friends, and the support of a coach, Veterans can start building trusting relationships and rediscovering their sense of belonging and identity.

Personal Coaching Process and Techniques for Transitioning Veterans

Helping transition Veterans into civilian life can be rewarding for both coach and Veteran. The benefits for the transitioning Veterans are multifaceted and varied.

There is a real need for personal coaching processes and techniques that are specifically tailored to help Veterans to reintegrate into civilian life. The transition from military to civilian life can be overwhelming for those who have served in the armed forces. Loss of identity due to the change, new expectations of civilian life, family dynamics, and post-deployment challenges can all impair the Veteran’s ability to transition effectively. Therefore, it is essential to have a structured transition that is individualized to each Veteran’s needs and considers post-deployment stress and combat-related disabilities, if any.

Personal coaching techniques and processes can include career training, financial planning, and career assessment, developing healthy social and communication capabilities with family and friends, and understanding how to interact with the civilian population.

Listening and Understanding

During the transition, listening is imperative to help a Veteran adapt to their civilian lifestyle and gain the skills needed for success. Veteran coaches should approach each Veteran with an open mind and heart and create an atmosphere of trust and respect. When provided a safe place to articulate their feelings and thoughts, the Veteran can be empowered to take on the challenges of civilian life. Veterans should be encouraged to communicate about their military experiences openly and discuss their feelings about the transition.

Another invaluable part of personal coaching for Veterans is to offer steps for personal growth and help them strive for success. Veterans need to be provided with the necessary tools to help them gain skills needed to succeed in civilian life, such as communication, negotiation, problem-solving, and coping. In addition, Veterans need help building the skills required to accept new challenges, grow and learn new responsibilities, and build self-confidence. By focusing on the Veteran’s personal growth and development, the Veteran coach and mentor will create the foundation for a successful civilian transformation.


The rewards of helping to transition Veterans to civilian life are plentiful. Veteran coaches can offer guidance and support to our Veterans when they need it the most. Coaching can provide a safe and non-judgmental space for Veterans to express themselves and to open up about their struggles and fears regarding reintegration into civilian life. It can also give our Veterans the tools and knowledge to answer the unique challenges of civilian living successfully.

Being a Veteran coach can be very rewarding and fulfilling. We are granted the chance to help Veterans reclaim their identities and get on the road to success. We can support Veterans in their journeys toward personal growth, leading to successful integration into civilian life.

With the help of the Veteran’s family, spouse, friends, and the support of a coach, Veterans can start building trusting relationships and rediscovering their sense of belonging and identity. Get in touch with Churchill Leadership Group today and let us connect you with Veteran coaching – you will love what you discover!

Stand Beside Them

Dr. Pat Baxter


Jack Perry, Jr.
Board Certified ICF Executive Coach

Jack’s expertise is in individual, group, and team behavior modification. He draws from personal experience along with over 30 years of leading, mentoring, and influencing soldiers, managers, and executives. As a veteran US Army Commander, Rescue Helicopter Pilot, Police Officer, and Emergency Management Executive, Jack has been responsible for the success of multi-national organizations and leadership teams charged with the critical decisions that affect thousands of lives. Jack is an accredited coach and facilitator for the Arbinger Institute. His clients appreciate his ability to quickly connect with them, building a critical element of coaching success – trust! His engaging style and good humor encourage clients to laugh and enjoy the coaching journey with him as they evaluate their own personal effectiveness and energy, which is invaluable in the developmental process. Learn more about him.

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