Thursday, November 11th is Veterans Day in the United States.
Obviously, people have different views but I am appreciative of all those who served this country. Service is noble and honorable and worthy of praise.
If you are a veteran there are resources and services available to you. Wherever you live in the US there should a Veteran’s Service Officer who can assist you with obtaining benefits and assistance. Don’t hesitate to ask.
Veterans Administration or do an internet search “county veterans service officer”
Another organization, Give an Hour offers mental health counseling for free to individuals who served in Iraq and Afghanistan – and their families with mental health needs. This is a free service and licensed therapists donate their time to assist military and their families.
Obtaining mental health is assistance is not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength. Events from 40 years ago can creep up on you and contribute to feelings and behaviors right now. If you believe talking to someone may help or even if you think that it probably won’t help but you are willing to try, take that chance and find a therapist.
The last of my ramblings is to recommend a book Tears of a Warrior: A Family’s Story of Combat by Janet and Anthony Seahorn. This book is easy to read and seems beneficial for Veterans, those who love them and even clinicians who treat them, it talks about the long term effects of PTSD.
To all Veterans – Thank You for your service.
(And of course below are the quotes I can’t help but add.)
“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.”~Cynthia Ozick
“America’s veterans embody the ideals upon which America was founded more than 229 years ago.”~Steve Buyer
“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.” ~Jose Narosky