As a veteran who is committed to helping other veterans, I am often asked what I do to help veterans, especially those in other countries. It really depends. With 21.6 million veterans in the U.S. alone, veterans have a wide variety of problems. However, it really doesn’t matter whether you are in the U.S. or in the country of one of our allies. Many of these problems are the same: homelessness, benefits issues health care, access to jobs and suicide.
Although these problems are complex and seem insurmountable, it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t make an effort to solve these problems. us veterans Even though we can’t help all veterans because some don’t want help, it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t make an effort to get involved and help those who are struggling.
The number of ways to help veterans is as numerous as veterans. However, these 10 ways that involve very little time, money or effort on your part and yet will reap huge benefits.
For some veterans, it is as simple as helping them feel better about themselves. Some have been told that they were fighting for oppressive governments and beliefs while others have been spit on or insulted because they were either drafted or chose to fight in what others considered unjust wars. Regardless of the reason, these veterans need to hear that their service mattered. Often sent off to war as teenagers, many didn’t serve or fight for a government or an idea. For them, it was about defending their countries and families.
Understand that it is true there have been oppressive regimes like the NAZI regime during World War II. Regimes like these though were aggressors. They were trying to dominate their neighbors. For the U.S. and her allies, which include the Australians, the British and the South Africans, it is more about defending homes and families or fighting terrorism.
Regardless of what country you are in, there are always volunteer opportunities available for you. The first place to start to find out about these opportunities, if you are outside the U.S., is the veterans organizations in your country. Many allied countries have a Legion you may contact to find out what is available. For those in the U.S., not only can you volunteer through organizations, but VA facilities also have an extensive network of opportunities available that are flexible and allow you to customize your volunteer opportunity.