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Challenges faced by military veterans during transition to civilian life amidst COVID-19
  • Tony Morrow, a 12-year military veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy, discusses his transition journey. 2:27

  • Tony started a video series ‘Getting to Hired’ to help veterans with transition tips and strategies. 3:01

  • Family history and connection to the navy influenced Tony’s decision to join the military. 4:00

  • Tony’s grandfather was decorated for evacuating soldiers during World War II. 4:12

  • Tony suffered a diving accident during training which led to his medical retirement. 6:27

Military veteran shares a frightening diving accident during training, emphasizing perseverance and adaptability
  • Military diving course is challenging and comparable to Navy SEALs training. 8:04

  • Experienced a night dive with difficulties in maintaining depth and bearing. 9:20

  • Felt unusual movements and pressure, but persevered to continue with the mission. 11:03

Close call with CO2 poisoning during a high-stress diving course due to improperly packed gear
  • Experienced tunneling vision and confusion underwater, indicating an issue. 11:47

  • Failed to follow emergency procedure multiple times due to high-stress environment. 12:09

  • Gear canister not packed properly, leading to bypassing of CO2 filter. 14:32

  • CO2 poisoning symptoms like headache and coughing surfaced after the dive. 15:03

  • Lucky to have avoided serious health consequences by not going below 10 meters. 16:29

Overcoming trauma and challenges in life transitions with resilience and perseverance
  • Experienced trauma due to CO2 poisoning during a diving incident. 16:50

  • Suffered consequences of being blamed and shamed for the incident. 20:02

  • Struggled with anxiety and lack of confidence in diving gear post-incident. 21:28

  • Emphasized the importance of training and support in overcoming trauma. 21:41

  • Highlighted the impact of COVID-19 on individuals facing life transitions. 22:03

  • Encouraged resilience and seeking help for those going through difficult times. 22:24

Challenges faced by a military veteran in transitioning to civilian life and coping with mental health issues
  • Struggle with emotional breakdown and reliance on medical experts for help. 22:52

  • Initial focus on returning to normalcy and career, overlooking the need for a new normal. 25:45

  • Realization of the shift in thinking towards finding a personalized solution for mental health. 26:00

  • Difficulty in transitioning from military structure to civilian life’s lack of guidance. 28:00

  • Importance of understanding transferable skills and re-contextualizing them for civilian roles. 29:05

Navigating transitions from structured environments to unpredictable situations
  • Identifying one’s niche and opportunities. 29:17

  • Realization of new professional fields post-military. 29:34

  • Importance of civilian credentials in validating military experience. 29:47

  • Challenges of transitioning from military to civilian life. 30:13

  • Impact of COVID on work environments and industries. 31:04

  • Critical thinking process for assessing assumptions and options. 34:15

  • Adaptation strategies for successful transitions. 34:42

Strategies for successful transitions in challenging environments
  • Military veterans assess environments dynamically for success. 34:55

  • Successful transition involves reconnaissance, awareness, and planning. 36:03

  • Military training fosters adaptability and problem-solving skills. 38:24

  • National service could benefit younger individuals in developing crucial skills. 40:08

Navigating life changes with resilience and adaptability through structured planning and assessment
  • Engage in a process of assessing the situation and gathering intelligence for a clear understanding. 40:57

  • Build situational awareness and come up with potential treatment plans or ways to move forward. 43:49

  • Test different plans, assess what works and make necessary changes for improvement. 44:11

  • View life transitions as opportunities for reassessment and potential positive changes in work and lifestyle. 45:13

  • Identify what works better for personal happiness, income, flexibility, and work-life balance. 45:24

  • Iterate through cycles of trying, testing, assessing, and refining plans for continuous improvement. 46:07

Strategies for navigating life transitions, challenges, and uncertainties during the pandemic
  • Importance of assessing, reflecting, and creating action plans. 46:14

  • Deconstruction of thought processes for personal, career, and health decisions. 46:18

  • Application of scientific method in understanding long COVID and uncertainties. 46:36

  • Continuous learning and adaptation in the face of evolving situations like COVID. 46:59

  • Taking ownership of one’s process and developing effective strategies. 47:06

  • Advising on coping mechanisms for life and work transitions. 47:19

  • Engagement with military veterans on workplace challenges through ‘Morning Brew. 47:43

  • Expressing gratitude and appreciation for the discussion. 48:01