Our involvement and commitment to veterans issues should extend beyond the sentimental jumbo-tron moments we see in professional sports. We owe our veterans our very freedom. This is no cliche.
Many of us may have wanted to serve and were unable to, but ours is not just a force of active and former military. We are all in this together. We should be the support team for our friends and family who serve. There are ways you can get involved. If you know of another proven organization or a new one achieving some success please write me via the contact page and I’ll add them to the page.
Veterans Crisis Line
URGENT: Are you a veteran needing shelter? Call 1(877) 4AID-VET
Suicide: Call 800-273-8255, #1
If you have contemplated suicide or know someone you’re worried about, Go online: http://stopsoldiersuicide.org if you’re a soldier, a veteran, a family member, or to donate or volunteer. The statistic of 22 veterans a day plus 1 active duty soldier committing suicide is said to be low. Get involved in your local veterans organizations. Donate to a proven charity.
Trauma affects the entire family. If you or a family member have issues such as PTSD, TBI, MST or suffer from depression, contact someone who can help. There are many who care.
About Face http://www.ptsd.va.gov/apps/AboutFace Meet some of the real faces of soldiers and family members with PTSD and find out how you can get help.
Help spread awareness of the links between combat service, PTSD and substance abuse. Roughly 15 percent of combat veterans suffer from PTSD at some point in their lives, and half of those turn to substance abuse as a coping mechanism. See the free Veterans and Addiction series to spread awareness of the issue. Many veterans aren’t aware they can make claims for Mesothelioma. Contact any of the agencies below for help.
From the author:
My research and interviews into veterans’ issues entering a ‘non war’ period made Ridge Romano’s passion for veterans and his vision for the consortium and Knights Production real to me. While this is a work of fiction and Ridge’s ideas for a Consortium are just an idea, there are many companies that do get involved with veterans. But more commitment, legislation, and private involvement is important to how successful our troops will be at reentering society, having ‘normal’ lives with their families, employment and good mental and physical health.
Far too many of our soldiers come home with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), debilitating injuries and illnesses, and are then made to wait for treatment because of overloaded government agencies and a lack of compassion for what these men and women and their families have done for our country. We fail them too often.
To find charity organizations for veterans, their ratings and accountability, click here Some organizations listed on the charity navigator. There are many more, both local and national:
Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation
Support the Shepherd Centers and the @shepherdsmen who ran their first 911 mile run with 22lbs on their backs as a tribute to the minimum 22 vets a day who commit suicide. Contact Shepherdcenter.com to help
Links for some companies who hire and provide resources to veterans:
An inspiring story of how two veterans brought attention to the problem of suicide among vets