Can you believe that we are almost one month into 2018 already? It may be a new year, but unfortunately as each new day passes our veterans continue to struggle with the same things. We expect the men and women who are willing to give everything for our country to return to a normal day-to-day life like nothing has changed for them. We send them into lengthy periods of training to prepare each of them to play a role in protecting our freedom. Training them and teaching them new ways of living. After boot camp, specialty schools, and years of service, these brave men and women then embark on a new journey into civilian life with no “how-to” guide.
Imagine, every single day is structured and full of orders, down to the minute. You are told what to do and when to do it. You know the plan for each day and are expected to carry it out. Not only that, you have been trained to act, speak, and think in a specific manner. What happens when you are thrown back into a civilian life? A life that is no longer planned out for you. A way of life that you have been trained to unlearn. You have no experience with this, or if you do, it is no longer at the forefront of your thinking. Transitioning back to a “normal” civilian life is more difficult than one would imagine. You are suddenly faced with new challenges; medical, emotional, financial and many more Resources are not only limited, but they are difficult to understand and utilize.
Who are they supposed to turn to?
In combat, our military personnel count on their comrades to have their backs. When they return home and are faced with new challenges, the Purple Heart Foundation is here to offer a wide range of support and advocacy. Here at the Purple Heart Foundation, our efforts support programs that help all veterans recover and prosper. We have made it a priority to engage in research and assistance to combat the “unseen” wounds that our veterans face, whether that is Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, Suicide, or sexual abuse. Just because there is not an injury that visible, does not mean they are not suffering.
“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers” – Jose Narosky.
So, how exactly does the Purple Heart Foundation help all of our veterans recover and prosper? Our National Service Officer program assists by providing counsel, support, and advocacy. This program essentially exists to inform veterans about education opportunities, scholarships, disability compensation, employment training, hospitalization and rehabilitation benefits and pensions. This program helps our veterans to navigate through some of the bureaucracy and red tape that they, unfortunately, come to face when trying to process their claims receive their benefits. It is extremely personalized, each veteran is paired with a Service Officer who provides professional representation and will work and fight for the veteran’s best interests. Additionally, there is a full-time attorney here to represent and present veterans’ claims before the court. All of this is completely free for the brave men and women who served this country. It does not stop there. There is also the Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship Program which has been designed to provide financial support to Purple Heart Recipients and their families. This scholarship can assist in covering the costs that go hand in hand with higher education; tuition, books, room, and board, etc.
Now, this almost sounds too good to be true. But through all of the donations made to the Purple Heart Foundation, last year alone we helped over 19,000 veterans secure over $210 million in VA benefits. Additionally, during 2017 the MOPH Scholarship Committee awarded around $200,000 through a total of 90 scholarship checks.
Yes, we are extremely proud to have helped touch that many veterans’ lives with your contributions and support, but there is so much more we can do together. There are over 21.8 million veterans in the United States.
Let that sink in. Each and every one of those 21.8 million veterans put this country and our freedoms before themselves, and each and everyone deserves our help and support. Together, we can help our veterans make the transition from the battlefield to the home front a smooth one. Each dollar donated can make a difference in the lives of the men and women who served our country. Show your support by making a one-time or monthly pledge to make sure they continue to receive the support and benefits that they deserve.