This is not a new subject. Most veterans struggle when they first get out. It is too difficult the “blend,” into society. They are use to so much structure.
I have talked to many of them while I have writing my book, Signs of Hope for the MIlitary: In and Out of the Trenches for Life.
A common thread is that they fear the unknown. They had set schedules while serving, and then they are turned loose into the private sector.
A horrible statistic is that 22 veterans/active duty soldiers take their own lives every day. Not every month, every day!
Much of this is because a soldier comes out into to the real world, and feels he/she has to be tough. Many do not seek help because it may show they are weak.
What do we do to help them?
There is a 24/7 emergency number to call for help. Please use it if you need it. The number is (877-247-4645).
Where can they go to get help with other matters in their lives, like job searches, mental health, etc.
I am a board member for the following resource you need to check out: http://victory forveterans.org. Check out the site and find many things you may need for help.
We do everything we can to help each veteran. We put flowers on every veterans graves on Memorial Day; We go on trips around the United States to make people aware of the needs for veterans; We own a military museum in Casper, Wyoming with all the proceeds helping veterans, and much more. Check out the site.
Another place that will help, are the VA centers. They help you with cheaper prescription prices, and doctor care. There are VA facilities in every state. Look up the ones for you state.
There are many more things that be helping you. I will be sharing those with you in future posts.
Up Date on the progress on my new book, Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.
I am in the final stages of finishing the book. All I have left is a few more interviews with veterans. This has been my favorite part of putting this book together. I have had an interview and then went home crying. I have had interviews that got me laughing.
On my next post I will select an interview to give you a sneak peek. I will not share an interview every post. I would rather you see it in print than through this medium.
I have several publishers interested. Now it is up to me to select one is best for me, and does a great publishing the book.
I’ve just started this week to investigate each company that is interested. I found one that doesn’t charge shipping to send me the books. That is huge, but I am very careful, and will keep checking every one out.
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Those of you who are a veterans, or a family member of a veteran. God bless you!!
You are never alone.
You are never forsaken.
You are never unloved.
And above all…never, ever, give up!