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When I joined the Army after high school, I had no idea what Iwas getting into. However, I quickly learned a few things to keepme out of trouble: Never be first; never be last; no matter howmuch you prepare, Murphy will find a way to surprise you; and trainlike your life depends on it because one day, it might. When I leftthe Army full-time and started working with veterans and theirfamilies to help them build a legacy in retirement, I didn'trealize how much these principles would help me with that. Beloware a few considerations to take into account if you are workingwith veterans.

1. Know why you want to work with veterans.

If you've ever worked with a veteran before, you probablyalready know their tolerance for nonsense is low. So, make sure youunderstand why you want to be there ahead of time. Being a veteran,a veteran spouse, or having a connection to the military will go along way if you're looking to advise others in the community. If aveteran doesn't feel that your intentions are legitimate, they willlet you know.

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