03 Jul Helping Veterans on the Fourth of July
As we celebrate America’s 245th birthday on the fourth of July, let’s take some time to honor the fallen soldiers, Veterans and active military members without whom this day won’t be possible.
Independence day is the time when civilians gather to enjoy BBQ and fireworks. However, for families of fallen soldiers, this day is different.
It’s the day to honor the fallen and celebrate the services rendered by every member of the uniformed services.
According to the reports, several volunteers have dedicated this day to help Veterans through a state-wide program in states like Montana and Wyoming.
Through these programs, the volunteers help not only Veterans but also their families. These programs aim to help Veterans who were either homeless or on the verge of homelessness by helping them navigate their benefits. Several other concerns like mental health, PTSD treatment and healthcare are also being provided to the Vets.
Another important fact that triggers most Veterans’ PTSD is the independence day firecrackers.
According to several Veterans, the sudden sound of firecrackers reminds them of gunshots. This triggers their PTSD and brings back the memories of a traumatic event.
To help Vets in different parts of life, several programs have been initiated across the nation. Freedom Hall, located in Sheridan, provides housing to homeless Vets.
Other initiatives like the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) and the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program also provide housing assistance and employment opportunities to Veterans in Casper, Cheyenne, Riverton, Sheridan, and Montana.
The SSVF program provides a permanent housing facility and short-term financial assistance to eligible Veterans and their family members. In addition to providing basic stability in life, this program also aims to smoothen the transition from the military lifestyle to the civilian lifestyle through various integration programs.
These programs also educate Vets about the VA benefits they can reap from the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).