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How Can You Support Veterans In Your Local Community

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War is an ugly thing. It scars people, mentally and physically. Unfortunately, it is sometimes necessary however. Countries have to invade others in order to overcome brutal regimes, dictatorships and even ethnic cleansing. Until you have stepped foot on a battlefield you could never appreciate the chaos that soldiers live through.

In spite of everything they do for and to protect us though, soldiers returning from conflicts tend to be ignored and sometimes even shut out by society, which can lead to them feeling alienated and angry.

If you understand how devastating war can be on the human psyche then you likely know how challenging it can be for veterans to assimilate back into normal society. Even veterans of older wars like Vietnam and the Second World War sometimes feel left out and alone. These individuals should not feel this way, however.

Veterans should have our support, love and affection. They should not be allowed to feel the way that many of them do. If you agree with this sentiment then this post is for you because, in it, you will learn about how you can support the veterans that live in your local community.

Making Donations

A lot of veterans struggle to find work when they return from military service. While the government does ensure veterans are given access to unemployment benefits, the general expectation is that they will return to work soon, and as such, the government limits the length of time veterans can claim them (unless they are disabled).

Many veterans, therefore, struggle financially because while they are physically able, they are not mentally ready to. If an individual is not mentally ready to return to work then the chances are they will stay unemployed and struggle financially.

If you understand the plight of veterans (and empathise with them relative to their unwillingness to return to work) then you should support them. There is a lot that you can do for veterans, including working with a donation pickup service to make sure that they have food, clothing and toiletries.

You can even donate money if you want to. If you do plan on donating money then make sure that you give it directly to veterans or to a reliable service. Be selective about the service you choose as some have been known to keep monetary donations for themselves.

Finding Work

Something a lot of veterans really struggle with as touched upon in this post’s introduction is finding work upon returning from active service. Some are not ready to find work, and that is fine, while others simply do not know how to. Many people enter the armed forces as young men and then return much older, having never worked a “normal” job before. If you are experienced and have had many jobs before then why not dedicate your time to supporting veterans get into work? If you own a company or are close to your boss, you could even get them to work.

Helping veterans find work is a very rewarding thing to do. You will be directly responsible for helping heroes to build normal lives for themselves. All of the above being said, you should only devote time to helping veterans find work if you have experience working. If you have never had a job in your life then there is not much you can do for them in the way of finding work. You need to use your talents, knowledge and existing skills to help veterans build normal lives for themselves away from the military.

Volunteering Time

Volunteering one’s time to help veterans is one of the best things a person can do. More than anything else veterans who have returned from active service need your support and time. Even older veterans who have fought in more historic conflicts like those quoted above need your time.

It is extremely common for older veterans to be completely forgotten about by society, especially when their friends and family die (which tends to happen as one gets older). If you want to support veterans your own age or older, volunteering time is a great way to do it.

Remember though, many veterans who have just returned from active service might not want many people around them. Naturally, after time in a conflict zone being around people can make a person a little shaky and uncomfortable.

If there are any charities in your area dedicated to helping veterans then you should try and find a job with them or volunteer your time to help them. Volunteering your time to help veterans will be rewarding for you and them and give you a sense of fulfilment that you might not have had before. Again, only dedicate your time and money to trustworthy and reliable charities.

Being Present

Just being there can help, as mentioned in the previous section. That being said you need to make sure that you do not suffocate or annoy veterans if you are trying to help them. As touched upon in the last section, many veterans do not want people around them constantly.

If the veterans you are trying to support live in your area and you are constantly going to their houses or getting in touch with them, they might get annoyed. Give them some space and try to limit the amount of time that you spend with them unless they have made it clear they enjoy your company.

In all honesty, it is better to work with charities than with veterans directly. Charity bosses are better at allocating your time than you might be alone. A charity will have a large network of veterans vfor you to work with so that you do not spend all of your time and focus on just one. Going back to finding charities, reviews are a good way to tell if the one you have chosen to work with can be trusted or not. A charity’s star rating can tell you a lot too.

Supporting veterans is the right thing to do. If you understand how much they sacrifice for us then it’s not hard to see why supporting them is important. You can support them by following the guidance given here in this post.