Nobody knows how to help veterans better than other veterans. There is no refuting the horrors of wars and the possible terror veterans are subjected to during their time of service. For many, though, returning to civilian life can be a much more difficult road to travel.
Vets Helping Vets is a non-profit outreach program headquartered in Ocala, Florida. Hank Whittier is the Executive Director and is noticing disturbing new trends in veterans needing help. Besides the increasing number of veterans requesting help, Whittier has noticed many initial requests start with help finding employment and quickly degenerate into needing help with food and rent. The economy seems to be just as crippling as transitioning back into civilian life.
Whittier is also seeing many more requests for mental health help. The requests, though, are just as likely to come from families as from the veterans themselves. Some veterans are simply not aware of available benefits, and others cannot handle filing all the necessary paperwork. For some veterans already receiving benefits, they need transportation.
Vets Helping Vets has existed since 1997. Volunteers perform all the work and the organization relies on food and monetary donations for their success. Some of the ways Vets Helping Vets assist those in need include:
- Employment referrals;
- Benefits information;
- Transportation for VA medical care;
- Food pantries; and
- Financial assistance.
While Vets Helping Vets does provide some direct help, they focus on matching veterans in need with the most suitable service agency for their circumstances.
Learn more about how Vets Helping Vets make sure veterans in need are given the help they rightly deserve.
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