One way for a veteran to readjust to civilian life is through study. By succeeding in post-secondary programs a veteran is taking positive steps towards gaining confidence, expanding their knowledge base and making worthwhile contributions to civilian society.
At the Student Veterans of America they have numerous programs and resources to assist veterans to invest in their future through study. Below is a list of the programs they offer:
Local Leadership Summits
SVA Chapter Grants
VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship
VET Centre Initiative
National Veterans Centre
Kognito Virtual Training
Study can be a taxing endeavor that requires focus and clarity of mind, especially during the examination period. Some students have been known to take a brain supplement during this time to keep their minds sharp and articulate.
Helping veterans to readjust to civilian life through offering assistance to study and colleges and universities dates back to the end of World War II, when president Roosevelt signed the Serviceman’s Readjustment Act. The SVA set up these programs as a way to continue and extend upon this Act for all veterans wishing to study on their return from their service.
Writing a letter to the troops is one of the kindest things you can do. It is such a wonderful way to support them and show kindness to them.
Our troops are often far away from home. So getting a letter from someone back home who is grateful for what they are doing is so important. Even if you don’t agree with the reason that they are over there it is still important to show support for the troops. They are doing their duty.
It is so easy to send a letter to the troops, but sometimes it is difficult to know what to say. Especially if you don’t know them personally. How can you say the right thing and make sure that it’s not a boring letter?
Here is an example of a good letter to the troops,
Dear Service Member,
We are so proud of all you are doing to defend our country and keep us safe. Your bravery is amazing and we are so lucky to live in a great country. Thank you for defending our freedoms. We know that freedom comes at a price and you were willing to step up and sacrifice for us. Words cannot express how grateful we are… how lucky we are. Our country would not stand if it was not for you. If you write back we are happy to respond.
From the bottom of my heart thank you,
If you have young kids, ask them to also include drawings and cute letters from their perspective. Nothing makes people happier than the kindness and support of other people.
So please take the time to write to the troops. They will be so grateful for your support. It may be something that makes them smile from ear to ear.
There are numerous programs to assist our Veterans, especially the homeless or disabled one. The Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program (HCHV) operates numbers sites where they outreach physical, psychiatric, health exams, housing programs, Drop-In Centers, work therapy treatment and referrals. Ongoing case management is available to homeless veterans with mental health issues and substance abuse.
The Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans Program (DCHV) provides medical care and rehabilitation in a residential type setting on VA medical center grounds to eligible ambulatory disabled veterans.
There is also the Inpatient and Outpatient Health Care that Veteran’s receive. In addition there is the Readjustment Counseling Centers also known as the Vet Centers that help veterans through community outreach. They offer specialized services, such as group, individual and family counseling. They help eligible veterans overcomepsychological difficulties or to resolve conflicts that may be contributing to their homelessness.
For more information, please call 1-800-827-1000 or visit the website: http://www.va.gov/homeless
Many people choose to honor our military by flying the American flag. This pastime usually take place during specific holidays such as:
- President’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Flag Day
- Independence Day (4th of July)
- Labor Day
- September 11th
- Veteran’s Day (November 11th)
- Thanksgiving Day
- Pearl Harbor Day (December 7th)
Here are a few rules when displaying the American Flag
- The flag should never be flown upside down.
- The flag can be displayed at night only if it is lighted.
- The flag should be taken down in rough weather.
Make sure you take the time to think about it when you choose to display the American flag.
It’s not hard to go anywhere these days without catching glimpse of either a veteran or service member in uniform. It means a lot for you to take the time and say “Thank you for your service.” Remember, they have put their lives on the line and you should at a minimum respect that. If you are looking for a special way that you can show your appreciation, then contact a local military base and ask them how you can help.
You can also find numerous websites that send packages of donated items overseas for the military personnel. You can include items for both men and women. Men you could send razors, deodorant or other personal items. For women, you could include eye cream like Revitol Eye Cream, or other feminine type products. You could also take the time and write a thank you not to them will your appreciation. You can also visit a Veteran’s hospital and visit with sick or disabled veterans.
No matter what you decide, you can make a difference.