MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan.-- Like everything else in life, separation from the military takes preparation. It is common for service members to put off retirement or find themselves in a position where they must retire sooner than expected. Being able to ease the mind of service members that come through his door is a responsibility Ryan Lynn finds fulfilling.
Lynn, Veterans Affairs’ veterans benefits advisor, may no longer wear the uniform, but he continues to serve his brothers and sisters in arms through the guidance he provides on the benefits available upon retirement.
“I owe everything to the military,” said Lynn.
After 13 years of service, Lynn retired with not only a master’s degree in project management, but a family and lifelong friendships that he credits to his military career.
After retiring in 2019, Lynn began working at McConnell as a veterans benefits advisor where he guides and informs both veterans and Airmen years into their careers on the benefits available to them.
“One of the things I enjoyed about the military was helping my Airmen,” said Lynn. ”Now I have this job where I brief out-going service members about all these benefits that they’re afforded to. It's amazing to see people come in that are so nervous, but when they leave are relieved. It's definitely rewarding.”
He stresses the importance of service members learning early about the benefits they may qualify for, such as home loans, life insurance and educational benefits.
“The uniform must come off at some point, so it’s important that you set yourself up for success,” said Lynn.
For those looking for advice on life outside of the military, Lynn can also refer Airmen to programs that can help smoothen the transition to civilian life. Veterans can receive help with creating resumes, interview skills or even finding a degree plan that works for them.
“There are resources out there no matter what your situation is,” said Lynn. “It’s better that you take care of yourself now, so that you can take care of yourself in the future.”
The Veterans Affairs’ office is located inside the Airmen and Family Readiness Center, and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Appointments can be made over the phone by calling (316) 759-6888.