At Ease

How to Successfully Transition from the Uniform to Veteran Life

Non-Fiction - Military
88 Pages
Reviewed on 03/27/2021
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Author Biography

Chief Master Sergeant Matt Jurek retired from the United States Air Force in February 2018 after 20 years of service, and currently serves as an intelligence analyst and defense contractor with a government agency. Chief Jurek last served as the Superintendent, 691st ISR Group, where he was responsible for the morale, welfare, training, and development of 940 enlisted Airmen across 3 Squadrons and 11 Operating Locations, and served as the principle advisor to the Group Commander. He has served in operational and leadership roles at squadron, operating location, joint, and wing levels as an intelligence analyst, technical training instructor, and instructor supervisor, non-commissioned officer in charge, program manager, flight chief, operations superintendent, functional manager, and squadron superintendent. He has been stationed in Georgia, Texas, South Korea, Colorado, and Maryland, in addition to many temporary duty assignments around the globe. He was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and joined the Air Force in November 1997. Matt's proudest accomplishment is helping to raise his two amazing children, Madison and Luke, and being married to his beautiful wife of twenty-three years, Maria.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

At Ease: How to Successfully Transition from the Uniform to Veteran Life by Matt Jurek is an engaging memoir that takes readers on an interesting journey of the author's life from the end of his Air Force career to the point he has achieved now, two years later. The tips are useful when it comes to transitioning into veteran life and he explains why he uses the term veteran instead of civilian. The author speaks about how hard it is to retire from the Air Force, and how he had a vast network of trusted friends who have helped him, and thus he can assist readers who require help with this kind of journey. Everyone's journey is different, and the memoir is about the author's pitfalls and successes with information and research. The goal of the book is to fill the void and move on to focus on the next chapter of their lives.

At Ease: How to Successfully Transition from the Uniform to Veteran Life will be of good use to readers beginning their lives as veterans and will help to ease their fears and frustrations and make the transition easy. The details shared are clear and concise, making it easy for readers to take care of themselves once they retire. The tools and techniques shared by Matt Jurek are excellent ways for readers to learn the options available so that when retirement happens they are not confused on how to go forward with their lives. He also gives options on applying for a job. There are tips on how to do a resume to include relevant education, key training, and certifications. This book will definitely aid many active-duty officers and veterans to move forward with their lives after they retire.