Hey veterans, here’s a story that either you or someone you know could easily have experienced if they do not know where to find assistance for themselves.
It involves a young man from the state of Texas who joins a branch of the armed services.
In the course of duty he, of course, gives everything he had to the serve the United States of America.
But he returns home and experiences severe emotional difficulty and soon finds that he himself was failed by the health system of the US.
Straight out of high school he married his high school sweetheart and after the birth of their first child he was stationed overseas in Belgium and, of course, his family went along.
Two children later he was re-stationed in a war zone and was kept from communicating freely with his family due to security concerns. His wife and children stayed back with his family in the United States.
In Belgium the US helped pay for his education while he was stationed and assisted with living expenses so his wife did not have to work full time. But when he returned from the final deployment, he was not the same because he had seen and experienced things that traumatized him severely.
Unfortunately, even though he needed real assistance, he tried to manage it himself due to the stigma that can be associated with mental health issues and so he fell through the cracks.
Eventually he was honorably discharged but the stress of not having the income along with the PTSD made it difficult to work and maintain relationships and so found himself alone and homeless.
For people like this young man, this is where programs offered by private nonprofits and state agencies, such as those in his home state of Texas can help.
The Texas Veterans Commissions offers many different types of assistance to Texan veterans. From housing, to general assistance and even mental healthcare.
This commission also offers help when it comes to healthcare and bodily health assistance. They can help connect you with good healthcare as well as help you pay for it if needed.
Another great program is the Veterans Treatment Court grants.
Unfortunately, to deal with the stress of the situations they find themselves in. Some veterans turn to drugs and alcohol and find themselves in trouble. When this happens.
This commission is available to step in and help the veteran through the process as well as organize transportation to and from court and counseling.
Another great part of this program, is you get connected into a group with other veterans in similar situations. They can help you feel not so alone.
Lastly, the veterans mental health assistance program is a great option for those needing help with PTSD or other mental health problems. Things that these young men and women are seeing over seas in war zones is not pretty. It takes some processing and this program can help fund that and make it available to those veterans who need it.
In the end, our veterans who are not aware of the benefits they could be receiving are missing out on the assistance that they need.
These programs in Texas can help Texas veterans receive the assistance that they need. Just like the young man spoke of before, there are veterans in need and these programs are here for them!
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