Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Military Veterans Can Enjoy Their Time in Retirement
Retirement marks a significant milestone in the lives of military veterans.
After years of dedicated service, it's time to reap the rewards and embark on a
new chapter filled with well-deserved relaxation and enjoyment. As veterans
transition into civilian life, they may wonder how to make the most of their
retirement years. And for those who retire due to disability, they may have even
more of a challenge in figuring out the next steps in life. From
VA loans for
homes, to monthly compensation, to giving back, there are plenty of ways for
veterans to savor their retirement, fostering personal growth, fulfillment, and
Embrace the Pursuit of Hobbies and Interests
Retirement offers an abundance of time to delve into hobbies and interests that
may have been temporarily set aside during active duty. Whether it's painting,
gardening, fishing, or playing a musical instrument, veterans can immerse
themselves in activities that bring them joy and provide a sense of fulfillment.
Exploring new interests can also help foster connections, especially for those
with a disability. It can feel isolating when you have a long-term injury from
your military service and finding new hobbies and interests can help.
Travel and Explore New Horizons
Having served in different corners of the world, many veterans have developed a
sense of adventure and a curiosity about different cultures. Retirement presents
the perfect opportunity to fulfill those desires. From road trips across the
country to embarking on international adventures, travel can broaden horizons,
create lasting memories, and provide a fresh perspective on life. Veterans can
leverage their unique experiences to create itineraries that cater to their
interests and ability level, making their retirement years a remarkable journey
Explore Disability Benefits
Retirees from military service, even those with a military disability, can take
advantage of a range of benefits and resources that all veterans should make
full use of. These benefits not only provide financial security but also offer
various opportunities for veterans to enhance their retirement experience. The
compensation that veterans receive depends on various factors. These can include
rank, number of years in service, and even how the disability happened. Those
who became disabled due to an injury that happened during deployment may be able
to receive additional benefits. You can use online tools to get an
potential monthly compensation when you’ve been disabled in the military.
This can include a monthly stipend, healthcare benefits, and more. Plus, you may
still be eligible for GI Bill monies for further education and training, VA
loans, and other military discounts.
Give Back to the Community
Retirement or a disability does not imply a complete withdrawal from
contributing to society. Veterans possess valuable skills, discipline, and
leadership qualities that can benefit their local communities. Engaging in
volunteer work or joining organizations dedicated to supporting fellow veterans
can provide a renewed sense of purpose and an avenue for giving back. By
leveraging their experiences and expertise, veterans can make a positive impact,
mentor younger generations, and continue to serve in meaningful ways.
Maintain Physical Fitness and Wellness
physical fitness and overall wellness is crucial for veterans in retirement.
Regular exercise not only contributes to physical well-being but also boosts
mental and emotional health. Veterans can explore various avenues, such as
joining local fitness clubs, swimming, or engaging in outdoor activities like
hiking or biking. Additionally, focusing on nutrition and healthy lifestyle
choices can significantly enhance vitality and quality of life during
Connect with Support Networks
Retirement can sometimes lead to feelings of isolation, especially if you’ve
been disabled and when transitioning from a tightly-knit military community. To
combat this, veterans should actively seek out support networks tailored to
their needs. Whether through veterans' organizations, online forums, or social
clubs, connecting with fellow veterans can help foster a sense of belonging,
provide a platform for sharing experiences, and offer emotional support. Such
networks can become an invaluable resource for veterans as they navigate the
challenges and opportunities of retirement.
Pursue Higher Education
Leaving the military can be just the start of a new career path. Retirement
opens doors to new educational pursuits. Many veterans choose to continue their
education, either by pursuing a degree or enrolling in specialized courses.
Universities and colleges often provide resources specifically designed for
veterans, including financial aid programs and career counseling services. By
engaging in lifelong learning, veterans can expand their knowledge, acquire new
skills, and explore areas of personal interest, leading to personal growth and
About the Authors
Early Lifestyle appeals to a different
kind of person – the person who prizes their
independence, values their time, and who doesn’t
want to mindlessly follow the crowd.
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