This current, harsh economic crisis is challenging to everyone. Its repercussions are particularly severe on our returning soldiers who cannot find suitable jobs to support their families. Many other problems plague our returning heroes.
Repeated deployments and longer tour lengths prompted by an Afghan war entering its eighth year and Iraq campaign in its sixth, cause many of our returning soldiers to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As many as 25% of our returning soldiers (or roughly 40,000 troops) are estimated to be suffering from PTSD. Many more keep their illness a secret. Veterans with PTSD suffer from nightmares, flashbacks and panic attacks. Those suffering from PTSD often have difficulties with personal relationships, legal and financial issues, and are unable to find suitable employment to support their families. They find themselves facing divorce, entertaining thoughts of suicide, and self-medicating to eliminate images that cannot be forgotten. Our wounded warriors just want someone to talk with who understands what they went through and the problems they are facing.
This is where the United States Veterans Initiative steps in to help.
U.S. Vets (www.usvetsinc.org
) has been serving our nationï¿½s veterans and providing needed physical services as well as housing, since 1993. We have grown to 10 sites across the country. Many non-profit organizations exist to serve veterans but most of these organizations are referral and cannot assist veterans with housing and physical services. U.S. Vets is the top leading organization that can help veterans with these much-needed services.
Can you help us get the word out about U.S. Vets? Please go to our web site at www.usvetsinc.org
and take a little time to get to know us and what we do nationally to assist over 3,500 Veterans who call U.S. Vets home. Click on ï¿½locationsï¿½ at the top to locate an office nearest you. Take the time to stop by the nearest location and see for yourself the camaraderie that exists amongst the Veterans who reside there, and how easily they live together and network to insure that each and everyone gets the help they need from what seems like an extended family comprised of all races, religions, and ages.
Please do not let this letter stop with you. Open your address book and send it off to someone else who cares about the noble sacrifices our troops have made. All support is put to good use -- even if it is just good advice.
Thank you for taking the time to read about U.S. Vets and forwarding our information. Please feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions about U.S. Vets and the services we provide.
George R. Smith
U.S. Vets/ Compton