US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard are branches of the government filled with soldiers who will one day become veterans. As of 2013, there were 38,140 veterans who served in the World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War eras. These veterans and many others struggle with homelessness, substance abuse, mental health issues, post-traumatic stress disorder, and numerous other issues.
According to reports, These veterans and many others struggle with homelessness, substance abuse, mental health issues, post-traumatic stress disorder, and numerous other issues. According to reports, veterans without a home are 8 to 9 times more likely to dwell on the streets following their deployment. Consider some of many ways you can help veterans in your community:
DONATE FREQUENT FLIER MILES
Through Hero Miles Program and The Fisher House Foundation, it’s possible to help veterans be with the ones they love. Donated frequent flier miles are used to bring their family to bedsides of injured veterans.
GIVE A VETERAN A RIDE
Offer your neighborhood veteran a ride to their doctors’ office or their appointments. Organizations like Disabled American Veterans offer free transport to women and men travel to Veterans Affairs medical facilities.
SPONSOR A COMPANION DOG FOR VETERANS WITH PTSD
Post-traumatic stress disorder plagues countless veterans, and many continue to deal with the ghosts of horrors they witness during their years in the service. Organizations such as Puppies Behind Bars is one in which prisoners train companion dogs for veterans with PTSD. Also, the VA offers access to PTSD Coach Online.
KEEP VETERANS OFF THE STREETS
Rather than allowing veterans fall victim to homelessness after years of exhausting themselves on the battlefield. The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Stand Down program was created so that food, shelter, health screenings and resources are made available to both unemployed and homeless veterans.
SEND A CARE PACKAGE OR A LETTER
Send a letter or a care package to needy or isolated veterans. Operation Gratitude has issued more than 1.5 million individually addressed care packages to individuals within the military community.
HELP THEM TAKE FLIGHT
The Honor Flight Network has helped veterans make the free pilgrimage to the World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington. The public can support veterans by acting as volunteers and escorting vets to the memorial. Also, Honor Flight helps to transport vets who are terminally-ill.
SHARE THEIR STORIES
Veterans History Project helps to collect the important stories of veterans so that its placed in the Library of Congress. The Library of Congress is always listening for the incredible words that these individuals want to share. Encourage them to reach out and verbalize their experience.