"A lot of people expect others to do the work for them. Don't feel sorry for yourself. It's not going to be given to you just because of your situation. Have patience, it is a process. Use every avenue you have because there are a lot of resources and help."
"I just want to prepare for the future and build up my resume and performance. because once I get out of the Marine Corps there isn't any turning back."
Polman's advice to newly injured Marines is to take the skills you learned in the Marine Corps and apply them to the civilian workforce. Such qualities as "leadership, commitment and drive" are exactly what hiring managers are looking for.
"Rely on you. Take a predetermined amount of time to mourn the loss of your former life and friends. Accept and embrace that you are not who you use to be. Move forward. Don't think you have to figure out your next move in life immediately, but don't accept apathy as a lifestyle. Mature, rely and utilize your own sense of ethics."
"You have to trust in yourself. It is not always easy to start a business venture yourself. Have confidence in your abilities and be fearless because you are taking a shot in the dark."
"Transitioning to the civilian sector takes hard work and dedication. Nothing will replace the uniform but the lessons [you] learn in the Marines are very strong building blocks for a successful transition into the civilian professional world."
"If you're serious about working after discharge, then take the program serious. Always make a copy of any and all documents pertaining to your discharge, something [might] get lost or processed incorrectly."