Meet our Guest:
Meet Lizann Lightfoot and learn about transition as a geobachelor from a spouse’s perspective. Lizann is a 15 year military spouse, a mom of 5 kids, and a published author. She writes and speaks to encourage and uplift the community of military spouses and loved ones.
In this episode, Lizann Lightfoot joins Jen to share her story of choosing to do a transition with a service member who is geographically separated during transition. Lizann and her family had anticipated that her husband would do his 20-year career and retire. However, when he was around 19 years, he was eligible for promotion, which meant an additional three years in the military, taking him to the 22-year mark. This decision impacted the family’s plans and led to doing his final tour as a geo-bachelor.
They purchased a house years in advance and rented it out until they were ready to occupy it themselves. This allowed them to financially plan for post-military retirement. However, being long-distance landlords and dealing with renters brought its own set of challenges. Lizann emphasizes that transitioning from military life to civilian life involves not just settling into a new home and school but also involves a loss of identity and major readjustments.
Finally, this episode discusses various resources available to military families, such as Hiring Our Heroes, a program that offers fully funded training and internship opportunities for veterans and spouses, and Veterati, a free mentorship program available to veterans and spouses. Lizann urges active-duty spouses to take advantage of these resources as they prepare to transition into civilian life.