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 Tactical Veteran

Steven Maieli is the founder of, which highlights links to federal, state, for-profit and nonprofit veterans benefits and other resources. Since 2009, he has also maintained a personal blog, on transitioning veterans' issues. The son of a Vietnam veteran, Maieli served in the Air Force security forces from 1999 to 2003. After being honorably discharged, he used the Montgomery GI Bill, Post-9/11 GI Bill and the New York State Veterans Tuition Award to earn a master's degree in school guidance counseling. He now works as a veterans employment specialist with the New York State Department of Labor. He was born and raised and still lives on Long Island, N.Y.
  1. Tactical Veteran: Social media can be link to your next job

    Gone are the days when handing out paper résumés to potential employers was the main way — and sometimes the only way — to land a job.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  2. Tactical Veteran: Heal your wounds to prepare for civilian life

    Separating from the military is tough enough in and of itself, but many veterans leave the military with issues that make their transition much more difficult.

    • Oct. 14, 2014
  3. Tactical Veteran: A deeper dive on landing apprenticeships

    In my last column, I looked at three organizations that give veterans an opportunity to get their foot in the door of a blue-collar job through apprenticeship opportunities. This week, I go a little deeper into the details.

    • Oct. 2, 2014
  4. Tactical Veteran: Apprenticeships can be path to solid career

    In my last column, I talked a bit about 'blue-collar' occupations and broke down some of the pathways into those careers. This week I'd like to talk in a bit of detail about another such potential pathway: apprenticeships.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  5. An airman puts on protective gear before pressure washing a loader. Some troops want to continue working with their hands when they leave military service. Senior Airman Brittany Auld/ / Air Force

    Tactical Veteran: Maybe a blue-collar job is perfect for you

    The thought of attending college for two or more years may have you thinking of passing up the chance to use your GI Bill benefits.

    • Sep. 3, 2014
  6. Tactical Veteran: 5 questions to help you choose college major — and career

    It's not uncommon for service members to fully enjoy what they're doing in their military careers, but think that they could easily see themselves doing something much different in another field once they make the jump to the civilian world.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  7. Tactical Veteran: Put school to the test before you enroll

    Knowing you have GI Bill benefits to cover the cost of tuition for school should make the decision to attend college easier.

    • Aug. 5, 2014
  8. Tactical Veteran: Vets making move from battlefields to farm fields

    Some veterans are finding a new way to serve their country after separating from the military — they're leaving battlefields for farm fields.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  9. Tactical Veteran: Private security contractor jobs offer good money — with risks

    How does a six-figure, tax-free job overseas sound?

    • Jul. 8, 2014
  10. Tactical Veteran: Frustrated job-seeker may need to adjust strategy

    A reader recently sent me this anguished email:

    • Jun. 26, 2014
  11. Tactical Veteran: Boosting your odds of landing a federal job

    In the military and in life, we all inevitably hit a roadblock or two that stops us from accomplishing a goal or task. When that happens, the best option is usually to backtrack and focus on what led you to that roadblock.

    • Jun. 10, 2014
  12. Tactical Veteran: STEM companies aggressively seeking veterans

    Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson hit the nail on the head when he said in a 2011 interview: 'Innovations and creativity in science, technology, engineering and math will be the drivers of tomorrow's economy.'

    • Jun. 2, 2014
  13. Tactical Veteran: STEM is fast track to getting ahead

    Science, technology, engineering and mathematics — closely interrelated fields that are referred to by the acronym STEM — are crucial for driving innovation, both for our country and for the world.

    • May. 14, 2014
  14. Tactical Veteran: Supporting special needs children in military families

    A couple of columns back, I wrote about some of the resources available for dependent children who must undergo considerable transition challenges when their military parent makes a permanent change-of-station move.

    • Apr. 29, 2014
  15. Tactical Veteran: Job fairs offer personal link

    If you're on the hunt for employment but you've been going about it mainly by sitting in your house scrolling through endless job listings on the Internet, think about getting out to some job fairs.

    • Apr. 16, 2014
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