Veterans: Get Service-Connected

Air & Water (Courtesy:  Vernita Naylor (JEGroup))
Air & Water (Courtesy: Vernita Naylor (JEGroup))

As a Veteran you experience a paradigm shift when transitioning from being a civilian.  Veterans are taught to protect and serve.  Veterans are taught survival skills.

Veterans are taught to be prepared for combat.  The elements of noise, light and trash that are daily attributes to being a civilian could mean life or death to a soldier.  Everything makes a difference in being a Veteran in the military.

What happens when that same Veteran returns home?  Veterans are required to make yet another paradigm shift back to being a civilian.  In most cases, they were not taught how to make this transition and some return home with debilitating emotions, wounded and lack of support.  Several Veterans return feeling confused, alone and at times misunderstood.

There are some businesses, corporations and individuals that are taking advantage of our Veterans returning home at every turn.  Who can a Veteran turn to and who can they trust?  There are resources that are available to Veterans but either they are not aware of them or do not have the ability to take advantage of them.

These resources are designed to satisfy a common purpose:  To protect and serve. After being deployed the first order of operation is contacting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for the resources they have to offer.  They offer a variety of services to help make Veterans whole.

A significant step after being separated or discharged is determining if you are eligible for Service-Connect benefits.   Through the VA Service-Connect provides disability compensation for disabled Veterans-either by injury or illness-that occurred during active military services.  The disability ratings range from 10 to 100 percent which determines the Veteran’s monthly compensation allowance.

Make the Connection is another resource that provides a support system for Veterans. Here Veterans can come together, listen and share stories that affect them.  They need to know that they are not alone in their struggles and how to overcome them.

The VA resources are designed to help create positive outcomes, recovery and treatment.  For additional information or any other Veteran needs or concerns contact your local VA Office.  They are available to help Veterans make the transition back to being a civilian.

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