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IT TAKES A TEAM
The Veteran who understands & The Community that helps.
When active-duty military members transition from military life to civilian life and move to the community they will call ‘home’ they have certain expectations by living in a military community. In many cases the ‘now’ veteran finds that many of those expectations are not met in a civilian community. So the veteran may have feelings of being isolated and uncertain about his/her decision in leaving the military. Depending on the number and type of deployments, these veterans may have the additional challenge of dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD), traumatic brain injury(TBI) or other significant and limiting physical injuries.
These additional challenges along with the transition challenges add stress to veterans and veteran families as they start a new life in a social structure that may be new to them or they need to get re-acquainted with.
Besides warmly welcoming these veterans and their families into our neighborhoods and communities, we can make a difference by helping them settle into their new lives by minimizing some of those pressures they face.
Some of these pressures are identified by a November 2015 study (Zoli, Maury, & Fay, 2015), more than 8,500 Veterans, active duty Service members, National Guard and Reserve members, and military dependents identified their most significant transition challenges, including:
● Navigating Veterans Affairs (VA) programs, benefits, and services (60%);
● Finding a job (55%);
● Adjusting to civilian culture (41%);
● Addressing financial challenges (40%); and
● Applying military-learned skills to civilian life (39%).
As a military caregiver, you’re eligible to participate in free online courses by nationally recognized experts. Provided by PsychArmor Institute School for Military and Veteran Caregivers & Families and sponsored by USAA, these courses cover a wide array of caregiving issues, such as financial literacy, mental health and intimacy. Caregivers who complete the program will earn a Certificate of Achievement, signed by Senator Elizabeth Dole and Tina Atherall, in recognition of their dedication in caring for a wounded service member or Veteran