John E. Heintzelman, Ph.D.

Official Author Portfolio

My love of knowledge and research started almost from the time I started college. Over the years, I’ve gone from reading other people's words to writing my own. Please look through my updated Author Portfolio to discover more about my work.

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How I Got Here

During and after by 22 year career as an Army Combat Airborne Infantry Veteran, I have been researching and writing articles on veterans issues through my academic journey in college, but upon receiving my Ph.D. in 2020, I have decided to pursue a professional career in research, writing, blogging, and podcasting to help veterans.

I look at the world through a researcher's and writer’s lens. I see stories in everyday life just waiting to be told and do my best to be the medium through which they reach the page. To find out more about my work, browse my newly updated Author Portfolio, and get in touch if you have any questions or would like to discuss working together.

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Career Milestones

December 2019 - Present

U.S. Air Force - Technical Editor / Graphic Illustrator

Writes, rewrites and/or edits technical documents such as technical procedure manuals, user manuals, programming manuals, service manuals, operational specifications, and related technical publications to communicate clearly and effectively technical specifications and instructions to a wide range of audiences.

March 2015 - September 2019

Supportive Services For Veteran Families Coordinator

I acted as the driving force behind all operations and programs for the United States Veterans Initiative, continually servicing the needs of homeless and at-risk veterans by securing employment, housing, federal & state-directed funds, and qualifying program entitlements.

January 2012 - February 2015

U.S. Army Senior Program Manager & Facilitator / Group Operations Sergeant Major

Played a key leadership role in maximizing operational effectiveness across all programs and facilities for the National Training Center, the United States Army's premier Combat Training Center in California.

November 2008 - December 2011

U.S. Army Assistant Director of Operations / Battalion Operations Sergeant Major

Acted as a strategic partner for the Commander in building unified strategies/approaches to execute and achieve organizational objectives. Directed staff workflow and ensured each member's specific abilities were properly leveraged to achieve operational excellence.

Portfolio of Work

Present. Future.

The following is a collection of my latest and most meaningful writing projects. Each piece is unique in style and content and represents a distinct moment in my career. I hope you enjoy my work and I invite you to contact me with any questions.

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New Book Release - March 26, 2021

Research, Knowledge, and Resources for your Transition into Civilian Life and Beyond! The current problem in our society demonstrates that many veterans, when they transition out of the military, do not have the knowledge, training, or resources to reintegrate back into civilian society properly in their efforts to survive. They do not know where to go, what to do, and do not even have a plan to survive in the civilian world. This guide is intended to educate, provide evidence and research, and provide knowledge and resources to veterans in the effort to gain a better understanding of the dynamics of veteran issues and help veterans understand and survive their transitional experience after military separation. The purpose of the Veteran Reintegration Guide is to provide ONE-STOP and QUICK REFERENCE source of RESEARCH, KNOWLEDGE, and RESOURCES for veterans to easily reference in the effort to help educate veterans on the issues and process of transitioning out of the military, what to do once they get out, develop a plan, and provide resources to help make life a little easier during and after that experience. Additional information has been added for SURVIVORS BENEFITS for surviving widows and a MILITARY 101 class to help educate the civilian workforce on military culture and lifestyle. An additional intent of this guide is to make it a LIVING DOCUMENT by taking input from readers and providers on information and resources, providing FREE ANNUAL UPDATES to veterans on the ever-changing and developing process of transitioning and resources. This guide will provide a resource of knowledge to veterans helping guide them through their journey of transition.

Veteran Resource & Transition Guide -

Veterans Blog

Archived Blogs


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Veteran Doctor Podcast

This podcast is for anyone interested in Veteran-centric topics. Veterans have dedicated their lives to serving our country, so now it is our turn to serve them as they transition back into their civilian lives. One thing that has been discovered is that there is a lack of knowledge on the availability of resources and how to properly navigate the system upon exiting military service. This podcast's purpose is to help fill this gap of knowledge and guide veterans to the resources and information that they so deserve.


Thank you for reviewing my official Author Portfolio. Please get in touch to find out more about me and my work.

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