As our soldiers return from their noble service in Afghanistan and Iraq, these heroes are facing both employment and social re-integration challenges. The process of transitioning from a professional combat warrior to civilian employee requires both career and socialization support.
As a nation we have collectively benefited from their courage. While we all acknowledge on some macro level a patriotic feeling of pride and appreciation, what is needed now more than this emotion is leadership. Specifically needed is strong leadership that is focused on efficiently building out the transitional infrastructure and support systems so needed by those who have sacrificed so much on our behalf.
- Coordination of fragmented support networks thru leveraging digital communication.
- Identification and fulfillment of any gaps in essential services (medical / education / housing / counseling)
- Training of corporations on how to best maximize through corporate sponsored training and development programs, both the strategic talents of veterans, as well as their intangible character strengths.
- Increased investment in transition support (mental and physical health services).
Seeing the acute needs of veterans, U.S. Congressman Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania’s 5th District has called upon fellow members to support legislation supporting coverage of recreational therapy for veterans by the Medicare System.
“It was the best rehabilitative experience ever! …SVAS epitomizes the saying, no warrior left behind.’” – Thomas Green, Army (paraplegic)