In honor of our Veterans this November 11th I encourage you to use this time as a way to increase awareness of their plight.
In Galloway Township, NJ, local volunteers—Boy Scouts and the Galloway Township Middle School student council raised awareness when they placed 660 United States flags at the entrance to the township Municipal Complex. The flags represent the number of monthly suicides by U.S. veterans who have difficulty transitioning back into society.
The Washington Post and the Kaiser Foundation conducted research on the enduring affects of military service.
The facts are:
- It is much harder to transition in mainstream life after service
- War skills don’t easily translate to job skills.
- Transition means more than just changing jobs.
- The trauma of war endures long after the service is over.
These problems are multidimensional and require more attention. I believe we need to start doing more before active duty starts. Get out ahead of the challenges of service by building strength in all areas of life before any work—military or other is sought after.
Our focus should be building a solid foundation of internal strength at every turn especially in the young generations.
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
– Frederick Douglass
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