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Beyond the Uniform

Beyond the Uniform is a show to help military veterans navigate their civilian career. Each week, I meet with different veterans to learn more about their civilian career, how they got there, and what advice they'd give to other military personnel.
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Dec 26, 2016

“Veterans, writ large, miss being in the military because of that sense of community and a greater pruprose. In that sense, politics is a perfect fit for veterans: you work hard with a group of people to solve problems, and make a difference and serve your country; the mission statements are perfectly aligned. The thing that I think gets hard for a lot of veterans getting into the political space is that in order to get elected you have to be able to go out and tell a community of people why you're so great and why they should vote for you. Veterans as a group are a little more reserved about that."
 – Kate Kranz

Kate Kranz is the Director of Women's Initiative at Veterans Campaign, a non-partisan, non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage, mentor and prepare veterans, transitioning service members, and other members of the military community for a "Second Service" in civic and political leadership. She started out at the Naval Academy, and served as a Naval Flight Officer for 11 years. She is finishing up a Masters of Law and Diplomacy from Tufts University, and a Master’s of Administrative Leadership from Oklahoma University.

In this conversation, we cover a lot of topics, including:

  • An overview of the Veteran's Campaign and what they do
  • How veterans can work with Veteran's Campaign
  • In what ways veterans would enjoy the world of politics and what might be more challenging
  • How Kate figured out what she wanted to do after an unexpected transition to a civilian career
  • And much, much more…

Related Links

  • Kate's company, Veterans Campaign: http://www.veteranscampaign.org/
  • Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers: http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/
  • Homefront Rising - encourages and helps military spouses to run for office
  • Service 2 School - free help for any veteran to get into your ideal college or graduate school program
  • American Corporate Partners - free mentorship for any veteran pursuing a career in business
  • Vets for Diplomacy
  • Hill Vets - increasing veteran involvement in government and advocacy
  • Vet Tech Trek - VetTechTrek runs immersive recruiting events for veterans and their spouses.

Show Notes

  • 2:02 - Kate's background
  • 2:52 - An overview of the Veteran's Campaign and what they do
  •  3:56 - How veterans can work with Veteran's Campaign
  • 6:08 - What Kate's day-to-day life looks like
  • 10:40 - In what ways veterans would enjoy the world of politics and what might be more challenging
  • 13:43 - Kate's decision to leave the military
  • 19:33 - How Kate figured out what she wanted to do after an unexpected transition to a civilian career
  • 24:33 - The most surprising aspect of Kate's transition to civilian life
  • 30:10 - How people on active duty can start preparing right now for their eventual transition to civilian life
  • 33:00 - Final words of wisdom
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