Participating in After Her Service

Three female veterans in casual clothing. Each are holding a picture of themselves in uniform from when they were serving in the military.

Are you a Post-9/11 female veteran? 

Could you benefit from increased personal resilience? 

Are you ready to work on professional goals?

Please note: The After Her Service Program is postponed. We have made the difficult decision to postpone enrollment into After Her Service because it includes an in-person retreat with a cohort of 30 women from across the country. We are very concerned about the health and safety of our participants, and recognize that with a national program, the risks are ever-changing. Our team is diligently working to redesign the in-person aspects of After Her Service. Once that occurs, we will share information about the modified virtual program.

After Her Service (AHS) is a program for Post-9/11 women veterans aimed at supporting their professional success. AHS combines a skill-building retreat with up to 12 sessions of one-on-one coaching focused on setting and implementing career goals. Developed by the University of Michigan, the program is grounded in strategies known to be effective for increasing resilience, life satisfaction, and career success.

AHS includes 2 unique program components — a weekend skill-building retreat and up to 12 sessions of career coaching.


Program Components

Weekend retreat 

  • Build optimism and positive coping
  • Reduce stress and social isolation
  • Challenge negative thinking
  • Practice new approaches to self-care

Professional coaching 

  • Identify the gap between where you are and where you want to be
  • Set and implement career goals
  • Learn strategies to overcome obstacles to professional success
  • Apply new skills to career goals

Participants can also receive up to $140 for completing evaluations of the program.


  • Post-9/11 women veterans with general discharge or higher and a minimum of 6 months post-military separation
  • Able to attend a 2-day skill-building retreat (all travel expenses covered for the weekend)
  • Can participate in one-on-one career coaching by phone (up to 12 sessions within 4 months)
PI: Michelle Kees, PhD
Study ID: HUM00120983
IRB: IRBMED Date Approved: 4/9/2020

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