As March comes to an end, there are two observances that recognize the service and sacrifice of American veterans. National Medal of Honor Day takes place on March 25, and Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day is celebrated March 30. Both of these days provide an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices veterans made to protect our country. Whether you raise a flag, attend an honorary veterans’ event, or thank a veteran in person, there are many ways to make these two days special.
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One of the main challenges veterans face when transitioning to civilian life is finding fulfilling employment. The skills used in combat, on base, or in other duties are sometimes hard to translate into marketable skills back home. Looking for a new job is always tough, but it can be even more daunting for the men and women whose only career experience is from the military.
A pet can make anyone happy, but pet ownership can be especially helpful for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Many veterans returning home from overseas have experienced horrible situations that later cause PTSD.
Often times, veterans return home from service with a physical or mental issue that will interfere with their daily lives or even cause difficulty transitioning back to civilian life. While physical changes may be visible immediately upon returning home, mental problems sometimes take a while to develop. According to DoSomething.org, 30 percent of soldiers develop mental problems with 3 to 4 months of being home. Your car donation can help to support veterans in your community who may be battling a physical or mental condition.
Vehicles For Veterans is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization benefiting our nation’s heroes. Of the 19.6 million veterans in the United States, many require support and assistance for issues affecting physical or mental health, employment, homelessness, and more. Donating a car, truck, boat, motorcycle, or other vehicle can help to support returning veterans who are in need of services such as these.
More than 2.4 million brain injuries occur each year in the United States. Brain injuries are one of the most common injuries in the military, but they can happen to anyone. This March, you can take part in Brain Injury Awareness Month to help raise awareness about preventing and treating brain injuries. The Brain Injury Association’s theme this year is “Not Alone,” and the campaign will focus on destigmatizing brain injuries, empowering brain injury survivors, and helping survivors find the support and treatment they need.
War is a traumatic experience for many veterans. After returning home from war, many veterans begin to develop various mental issues within 3-4 months. If you have a veteran in your life who is going through a crisis after returning home from battle, there are ways to help your loved one during this difficult time.
When veterans return home after service, it can be difficult to transition back to civilian life, especially when it comes to job searching. Job searching is already a difficult process for the average person, but it becomes even more challenging after being away from home and returning from war with a physical or mental disability. Thankfully, there are resources that veterans can take advantage of during their job search.
Back in November, a double-amputee Marine began living on the streets of Uniontown, Pa., to raise awareness about the number of homeless veterans living in America. Marine Cpl. Brandon Runbaugh voluntarily lived outside for a month to gain attention for how veterans often live when they return from active duty.
Feb. 14-20 is National Random Acts of Kindness Week (RAK Week), brought to you by the RAK Foundation. Kind gestures require little to no effort on your part, but they are small things that can really make a difference in other people’s lives, especially veterans. This RAK Week, consider giving back by helping the veterans who have so selflessly fought for our freedom. We have 5 ideas for you to get involved!