Give A Vet A Buck

The Plight of Today's Veterans

Give A Vet A Buck Through research, we have discovered many issues and challenges facing returning veteran such as unemployment, mental disorders, lack of social network and identity, proper job skills, alcohol and drug abuse, crime, homelessness and a high suicide rate. Contrary to popular belief, these issues cannot be fully addressed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA is a great help in meeting the needs of veterans, but it is overworked, underfunded and understaffed. In order to successfully address the issues facing veterans, it will take a collective effort from the American public, veterans and the VA.

In recent years, there has been a question that has divided most Americans: Should American troops have been sent into Iraq? Whether you were for or against troops being sent to Iraq, American troops have been engaged in combat there since March 20, 2003 and in Afghanistan since October 7, 2001. After nine years of fighting in Afghanistan and seven years in Iraq, American troops are beginning to return from the battle fields. The homecoming means new challenges for returning troops, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the American people. American veterans have served in World War I, World War II, the Cold War, Korean War, Grenada, Vietnam, Panama, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Iraq, but for many of these veterans returning home, will be an uncertain future.

First, the transition from military life to civilian life is one of the major adjustments. Second, many of these veterans will have some kind of social, mental or physical need which they will look to the VA for help and support. Third, often times the veteran does not have the skills required for the job market. The military provides food, shelter, clothing, medical needs and social networks and the veteran becomes dependent on the government for these necessities. Last, without proper treatment, mental disorders can lead to unemployment, family problems, alcohol abuse, drug addiction, crime, homelessness and in many cases resulting in suicide. The men and women, who bravely went to battle for their country, deserve much more than what they have received. It is sad that these veterans have to engage in battle in foreign lands and come home to face even more battles of survival in their own land. The VA and citizens of the United States are not meeting the needs of these returning veterans who have risked their lives for our security.

Give A Vet A Buck
via PayPal