With the wars overseas winding down, the need to help vets and military families is increasing, as attention to their needs shrinks.
Vets need jobs, and that's high priority. So do their spouses, and they all need a hand dealing with everyday challenges that are magnified when troops are deployed or relocated.A guy like me, I don't know what kind of real-life help they need, but here's what I read. They might need a little help in areas I wouldn't have figured:
- getting school credits transferred
- dealing with family stress resulting from deployment or relocation
- understanding military culture, like commonly used acronyms
- meeting people in new bases
- using social media, including issues like operational security
- good jobs that can move with a relocation
The National Resource Directory has a really good database of nonprofits and government agencies who can provide specialized help in specific geographies.
Sesame Workshop also provides help with difficult transitions. (That's me at a Sesame event, with Cookie Monster; he's the one in blue.)
The Department of Veterans Affairs now has Facebook pages for each medical center.
DonorsChoose.org has programs to help the schools that serve military families.
I figure that we should support Americans who risk taking a bullet to protect us, and that means also looking after their families. Just seems right...