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 http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ 800-273-8255 press 1
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.
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.
Volunteer or Donate to help a vet https://www.volunteer.va.gov/
Veterans Benefits (applications and info) https://benefits.va.gov/benefits/
Help applying for benefits https://www.vets.gov/disability-benefits/apply/help/
American Legion (additional help applying for benefits) https://www.legion.org/veteransbenefits/departmentofficers
Vet to Vet assistance (get in touch with a fellow vet who helps you with info) https://nvf.org/veterans-request-assistance/
Veterans Resource Center https://nvf.org/veterans-benefits-resource-center/
This is a great page for wide ranging links http://www.dummies.com/personal-finance/veterans-benefits/top-ten-places-to-get-help-with-veterans-benefits/
State benefits for vets (by state) https://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-state-benefits/state-veterans-benefits-directory.html
Excellent source of updates and benefits changes https://www.military.com/benefits
Women Veterans Health https://www.womenshealth.va.gov/
Women Veterans Call Center 1-855-VA-WOMEN Direct one-on-one help and answers
Alcohol and substance abuse links
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. Get involved in your local veterans organizations. Donate to a proven charity.
Veterans and Addiction https://www.drugrehab.com/addiction/veterans/
Alcohol Awareness Council https://recover.org where you can browse by state and https://rehabs.com for info related to drug and alcohol abuse.
Addiction Treatment for Veterans 800-570-3670 http://www.rehabcenter.net/veterans-and-substance-abuse/
Veterans: PTSD and Addiction https://www.advancedrecoverysystems.com/resources/veterans/
Mesothelioma Navy https://www.mesotheliomaveterans.org/veterans/military/navy/ “Most veterans suffering from a service-related asbestos disease never bother to file a VA Disability Compensation and/or Pension Claim; either because they don’t think they are eligible, or simply assume the VA will deny them. “
Mesothelioma Veterans Outreach MesotheliomaVeterans.org
Note: 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 way too often.
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.