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ThursdayOctober 18, 2018

How Veterans Can Help Other Veterans Avoid Homelessness

 

 

How Veterans Can Help Other Veterans Avoid Homelessness

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Your fellow veterans, brothers and sisters in arms, and patriots who have fought for this country deserve to return to a life of financial security and with a roof over their head. However, many of our nation's veterans are experiencing a homelessness crisis, along with other significant problems such as unemployment, mental health issues, and substance abuse problems. Servicemembers need and deserve all the help they can get to get them back on their feet.

Assistance from many organizations is available for veterans from kindhearted civilians. However, it has been proven that veterans prefer and respond better to other military members when it comes to receiving this assistance. There is a strong sense of trust and camaraderie between servicemen and women that makes veterans who are able to aid other veterans through these tough times extremely effective. Additionally, vets who help other vets receive a strong sense of satisfaction in being part of getting a fellow veteran back on track. Many times, you’ll find that you have the abilities to help out your fellow servicemen and women in a variety of ways and assist them in avoiding major problems such as homelessness.

Volunteer at the VA

Since 1930, the US Department of Veteran Affairs has been dedicated to providing our nation's veterans with healthcare benefits, disability compensation, educational assistance, financial help, and burial and memorial benefits. As a veteran yourself, you understand that this can be a great relief to other veterans who may come out of duty and into a tough civilian-life situation.

However, the VA has over 75,000 volunteers and is still seeing vets fall through the cracks. You can continue to do your part in volunteering for one of their many programs to help out your fellow vet. Volunteering your time at the VA is simple and easy, however, the impact you can make will be significant.

Financial Counselor

Many of the major problems veterans face are financial. Difficulty finding employment, lack of rental history, and poor credit can subject a veteran fresh out of active duty to predatory loans. A trustworthy service member with a sound financial education can vastly improve a veterans financial successes.

For example, a counselor could inform them on things such as different types of mortgages and which is best for their financial situation, how to compete in the job market, and taking steps toward getting them out of debt. Financial challenges, along with other problems, only provoke feelings that lead to drug and alcohol abuse. A financial counselor in their corner can help them climb out of this hole, and acclimate into a comfortable civilian-life.

Public Administrator

Our nation is facing a public health crisis like no other. In fact, the University of Rutgers reports, “the rapidly increasing pace of opioid addiction rates and overdose deaths that the U.S. began experiencing between approximately 2014 and 2017 (with roots dating back to the mid-1990s) appeared to take American citizens, lawmakers, and some public health officials by surprise.” It is not hard to make the connection that many of the Americans contributing to this epidemic are veterans.

The many hardships servicemembers face when adjusting to civilian-life can lead them to drug and alcohol abuse. Furthermore, many injuries and disorders suffered as a result of active duty — such as PTSD — can create a dependence on prescription drugs and/or alcohol.

Their psychological and physical scars can often be helped by someone who knows exactly what they went through and is currently experiencing. A veteran may be better able to reach a troubled vet in these matters, and therefore lower the staggering statistics of substance abuse by servicemembers. A veteran with experience in public administration can not only be beneficial by having an extensive knowledge of this public health crisis, but also by fighting for and creating governmental policies to make adjusting to civilian life as easy and comfortable as possible.

Those who have made sacrifices for this country deserve to enter civilian life with honor, and many organizations and civilians recognize this and do their best to make a better life for veterans. However, the help of a fellow veteran can keep even more troubled servicemen and women from slipping through the cracks. Take the information above to change a troubled vet’s life around, giving them the chance to perhaps pay the favor forward one day.

 

 

 

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