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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: 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
  2. Tactical Veteran: Many resources available for transitioning children

    Service members usually go through some substantive changes when they leave the military. Military children go through transition issues as well but they may do it many times over the course of their young lives.

    • Apr. 1, 2014
  3. Tactical Veteran: Make a job contingency plan

    Like most Military Times readers, I've been following the news about the latest Defense Department budget cuts that could force thousands of service members into an early, unplanned transition from military to civilian life.

    • Mar. 18, 2014
  4. Tactical Veteran: Another test that can earn you college credit

    In my last column, I talked about the College-Level Examination Program tests that can earn you college credit for things you already know.

    • Mar. 5, 2014
  5. Tactical Veteran: Save time, money with CLEP exams

    Whether you're still in uniform or have already separated, you may be looking for a way to earn college credit that will have minimal impact on your busy schedule.

    • Feb. 12, 2014
  6. Tactical Veteran: More states offering in-state tuition to vets

    Many states are offering nonresident veterans in-state tuition for public colleges, although we still have a long way to go to get them all onboard.

    • Feb. 11, 2014
  7. Tactical Veteran: Mentally, financially prepare to start your business

    In my last couple of columns, I've tried to offer some ways to think outside the box about laying the groundwork to become an entrepreneur when you separate from the military.

    • Feb. 11, 2014
  8. Tactical Veteran: Vet entrepreneurs give advice to startup hopefuls

    Separating from the military is like beginning a new life, with seemingly infinite new choices.

    • Jan. 6, 2014
  9. Tactical Veteran: Resources, mentors offer small-business starting points

    Over the last couple of columns, I've offered advice from fellow veterans who are entrepreneurs and finding success in business.

    • Jan. 6, 2014
  10. Tactical Veteran: Do you have an entrepreneurial mindset?

    How many times have you heard someone tell you that your military background will give you an edge in landing a job on the outside?

    • Dec. 12, 2013
  11. Tactical Veteran: 7 tips to avoid 'unemployment fatigue'

    Separating from the military without having a job lined up is nerve-wracking enough. Being in the same position months later can be a lot worse.

    • Nov. 18, 2013
  12. Tactical Veteran: State benefits to boost civilian job prospects

    In my last column, I focused on some of the state-level education benefits available to veterans. This time around, I'd like to discuss state-level employment benefits that can help you enhance your civilian job prospects.

    • Nov. 4, 2013
  13. Tactical Veteran: Keep your eyes open for generous state education benefits for veterans

    Most veterans know all about federal education benefits: the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program and more. But fewer know what state benefits can help them and even their spouses and children.

    • Oct. 21, 2013
  14. Tactical Veteran: 'Military-friendly' companies can still lay off veterans

    It is no secret that military-friendly companies are making a huge push these days to hire veterans.

    • Sep. 9, 2013
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