Our country is greatly blessed with millions of veterans. Precisely, over 2.7 million military personnel have been deployed to foreign grounds since 2001. With the majority of these serving up to 3 years and retiring thereafter, it is quite clear that the country has a huge population of veterans. The responsibility of socially and economically catering for the veteran community falls under the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs. However, as a society, this does not prevent us from expressing interest in supporting the great men and women who have served us through the military. Here are some areas to brainstorm on to appreciate why we should channel some more philanthropic efforts on our veterans.
The give-and-take scenario
Veterans have already given us their best in terms of their time, life, and service in the military. The repetitive abuse that these great people take on our behalf should be a strong incentive to elicit the best of our efforts in supporting them. The fact that they gave us the best of what we had to offer should thus prompt us to reciprocate and support them with more veteran-focused philanthropy.
After deployment, most veterans seek to be reintegrated into society, where they can begin life afresh. In most cases, this involves seeking a new job or even starting a new business. This is the most challenging part of the reintegration program, as most of them have to look for resources to cater for their families while still unemployed. As philanthropists, it is our responsibility to channel as much effort and resources as we can towards these great people.
There is a common misconception out there that veterans only need our financial support. However, this is not true as most veterans occasionally need social and emotional support due to post-traumatic stress. When thinking of giving to charitable causes that focus on veterans, your counseling skills would go a long way in making a substantial impact. You may also give back in many other diverse ways and opportunities, including dedicating your time and skills to building veteran homes.
Responding to veterans’ needs in this way shows our positive concern for their welfare. It also helps them have an easy time when settling down in their after-service life.