(Get Results in Transition)

Helping Service members, Veterans, members of the National Guard, Reserves, and their loved ones to achieve success during the transition and post-military life

What is GRIT?

GRIT is a mobile app experience backed by leading edge technology that is designed to help Service Members, Veterans, members of the National Guard, Reserves, Caregivers, and their families:
For many Veterans, families, and caregivers the last two years have been rough. Military to civilian transition have been complicated by new social norms and massive changes to the traditional workplace. Others are engaged in conversations in our homes and communities around issues of stress, burnout, and anxiety. As we look to the future, we must maintain and build resilience to bounce back, emerge stronger, and meet new opportunities.
GRIT, which stands for Get Results in Transition, was designed to help our Service Members, Veterans, members of the National Guard, Reserves, and their loved ones to achieve success during the transtion and post-military life by:
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GRIT Features

The GRIT app is available for both iOS and Android smartphones and offers a number of cutting- edge features.
Employment Fulfillment

According to Veterans, the number one concern when transitioning is finding a job and landing the right job can be harder than it looks. GRIT Employment module personalizes job searching using Watson Artificial Intelligence (AI) and our aggregator of 51k job sites to provide more than 198k new job opportunities daily from every business with a NAICS code across all industry types.

Additional features include:
  • Helping users create an employment profile consisting of their Occupational Specialty Code(s), resume, desired job location, and industry type(s)
  • Pulling all associated military skills from ONET and converting them into skills that are marketable today
  • Matching skills against all jobs in the job corpous of over 2.5M jobs and providing a personalized job recommendation list, then enabling users to immediatly apply to relevanct job opportunities
  • Digital Assistant trained to surface empolyment resources including help creating a resume and cover letters, preparing for an interview, and job searching tools
Mind Gym

Everyone understands the need to stay physically active and mental health is just as important as physical health. The Mind Gym intends to help our users get and stay mentally fit. The Mind Gym provides self-awareness and self-care without the stigma. Uses clinically validated tools to evaluate a user's state of mind and ability to cope with the challenges they face every day.

The app delivers daily practices through mobile games, exercises, and techniques like breathing and meditation to help users:
  • think more clearly
  • better manage emotions
  • deepen resilience
  • master their stress
  • and nudge them to an increasingly positive mindset
The Mind Gym also screens for PTSD, Addiction, Depression, Anxiety, Sleep Apnea, and Social Phobia
Digital Self

Measurable improvments keep us on track. GRIT uses technology to aggregate personalized data to create a digital representation of the individual, a “digital self”. GRIT gets to know each person individually, based on information provided safely and securely through the app, and offers insights and support to encourage an individual to be the best version of himself or herself.

Your Digial Self will track:
  • You Mind Gym progression to see how your mental fitness has changed over the past month and identify the specific areas of improvement and those that may need a little more focus
  • All of the activities completed within the app and associated badges earned
  • Your mood patterns over 30, 60, and 90 day periods
And remember, we collect the minimum amount of information needed, keep that information confidential and protected, and never share it with anyone.

Social engagement and a sense of community is a critical component of emotional well-being. GRIT allows each user to assemble a squad, a network of close friends, family members and allies that can provide support, motivation, and social connectedness.

Users can add members to their squad directly from their contacts or can manually enter in the squad member’s name, mobile number, and email address. As a user builds their squad the app promotes social connectedness and caring contact by:
  • Encouraging users to directly call or text their squad members from within the app
  • Providing intervention in the moments by engaging squad members to connect with their person during a difficult time or situation
The squad works in connection with the users personal coping score that is created from Mind Gym assessment results, conditional screenings, and daily mood-scores. If a user’s coping score suggest they may be veering towards depression, loneliness, or hopelessness the app will text members of the squad and suggest they reach out to the user. No information about the user's activity within the GRIT app and no personal information will be shared with the squad. They will simply be pro-actively prompted to reach out with the intent of caring contact meant to increase social contact and sense of community.
Digital Assistant

The right resource when you need it. GRIT uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to provide a Digital Assistant that can respond directly to your questions and requests by providing support resources anytime, anywhere.

Are you looking for employment resources? Need help managing your work-life balance? The digital assistant has been trained in a number of areas, including employment and mental fitness, and can help you with everything from preparing for an interview to finding new ways to increase your work-life balance. Just ask the digital assistant…anytime.

Dynamic Navigation

Adoption is critical for a solution to have impact and become part of a users routine. GRIT was designed with the user in the center creating a personalized expereince. The app suggest activities based on how the user interacts with the app and makes it easy to navigate through all of GRIT’s functional areas.

Event driven card navigation augments standard device navigation to provide real time access to current events and activities personalized for you. At no time will you come into the app and see the same static content, it will always be dynamic and personalized for you. Some example are:
  • The first time you log-in, GRIT’s dashboard will prompt you to complete your one time profile creation for the Mind Gym, Employment, and other modules of interest
  • Walk you through taking your first Mind Gym assessment and remind you when re-assesments are due
  • Encourage you to search and apply for job opportunities
  • Ask how you are feeling and encourage you to use other features in the app aligned to your behavioral and social needs

Field Test

Our goal is to help those that have served achieve success during transition and post-military life. The GRIT Field Test is a Department of Veterans Affairs/IBM project that gives Service members, Veterans, members of the National Guard, Reserves, and their loved one's access to the GRIT mobile app.
Why should you particpate?

The goal of the field test is to evaluate the participants use of the app by analyzing data collected using the following mechanisms:

  1. Normal Operation: Users are able to install and operate the app without individual instruction
  2. Feedback Collection: We are able to gather feedback around the user experience and suggestions for improvement
  3. Usage Analysis: Data collected helps us evaluate adoption and usage of the app and provides insight on areas of improvement

The field test is set to begin November 18, 2021 and will last until September 9, 2022. Upon completion of the field test, GRIT will be released to the service and Veteran community at large.

The field test is open to transitioning Service members, Veterans, members of the National Guard, Reserves, and their families. The field test will begin with 25,000 participants and has the ability to expand to meet demand. If you are not one for the first 25,000 participants, you will be placed on a waitlist and receive a invitation as more slots open.

In support of a successful field test, we ask that you do the following:

  • Register to participate by selecting the “Register for the Field Test” button below and entering in your information on the registration page
  • Download the GRIT app once it becomes available on the morning of November 18, 2021. Registered Participants will recieve a personalized invitation with a link that will take them directly to the iOS or Google public app store for easy download and installation
  • Respond to short surveys within the app
  • Provide honest and constructive feedback to help improve the experience and functionality of GRIT

Your feedback is important and will be used to add enhancment to GRIT throughout the entire period of the field test. Participants will be notified of app enhancment and announcments using notification techniques from within the app and outside of the app. We will also use navigational cards to introduce new features and get feedback. In addition, we will conduct town halls to preview improvements and to answer any questions that you may have. Finally, you can always contact our helpdesk at grit@us.ibm.com.

We hope you have been able to download the GRIT app and start to explore all of its features and functionality. As we are still in the field test, we would love to hear your feedback and suggestions for improvement.

To do so, we have engineered a number of ways to provide us with your thoughts and firsthand experiences. All of these feedback channels have been designed to gather as much feedback from our users as possible to help us to continue to improve and better serve the Veteran population.

  1. In-App Surveys – We will push a new survey to you every month via a card on your dashboard. The survey should take under 10 minutes to complete and all survey responses are confidential.
  2. Dashboard Feedback – A dashboard card will be available to all users of the app in order to allow you to submit instant feedback to us directly via the app.
  3. GRIT Service Desk – As always, please feel free to call or email our help desk with any questions, comments, or suggestions.

We are using your survey responses, calls to the help desk, and feedback to update the GRIT app by enhancing the user experience and making the app more reliable.

Outlined below are a couple of the enhancements and bug fixes that you can expect to find in the latest update and some enhancements that are planned for future releases.

What is New:
  • Tracking will start once the field test begins.
Bug Fixes:
  • Tracking will start once the field test begins.
Android Release Notes
  • Tracking will start once the field test begins.
What is New:
  • Tracking will start once the field test begins.
Bug Fixes:
  • Tracking will start once the field test begins.

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