As individuals and community members, we all have an important role in helping our veterans to feel more connected to their communities, their families, their work and play, in ways that bring some sense of worth and meaning to their lives.
We're all given the gift of awareness. Mindfulness is cultivating this potential of ours. It develops our ability and our willingness to experience directly what's going on within and around us: the good, the bad, the ugly, and everything in between.
We need an army of mental health professionals deployed to serve active duty service members, veterans, their families and even their immediate communities. Professionals must specialize in the specific climate of the military and the population so they apply treatments that work.
The Department of Veterans Affairs may be incompetent, as the court declared, but the rest of us deserve equal scorn for failing to hold our government accountable to the men and women who put their lives on the line defending our freedom.