How to Help our Military, Our Vets, and Their Families?

Caroline Scott welcomes home husband, Sgt. Jerry Scott, a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team, Aug. 20, 2012, at Pope Army Airfield’s Green Ramp, Fort Bragg, N.C. Sgt. Scott’s unit is returning from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)

There are many ways you can get involved. Getting started is the key. Most people stop before they get started because it seems too confusing. They don’t know what to do first.

Here are some questions you should ask yourself:

  • Do you want to help a friend or family member that is a veteran or is in the military at this time?
  • Do you want to help as many as possible on the local, national, or possibly the International  stage?
  • Do you want to donate your time, money or a combination of both?
  • Would you like to donate a car or help drive veterans to their appointments?
  • Do you have a business that can donate things such as food to your local Va or Vet Center (day old bread, etc), lodging
  • Entertainment – Take a vet fishing or to a ballgame.

In other words take a little time and think of ways you can help. I actually know veterans, right in my hometown, that have financed their own trips to Vietnam to help orphans and the problems there that the war caused.

This is actually extremely healing to the vets that have done this. That is why I mentioned the International Stage.

There are so many ways to help. I won’t try to list them all here or the many organizations but I will be glad to help you make an informed decision. I have almost 50 years of experience as a 100% Disabled Vietnam Veteran.

Don’t just start throwing money at anything with Veteran or Military in the title without checking them out. How much money actually goes to helping the vets. Some Orgs can be very Top Heavy with little help actually getting to the vets themselves.

If you want to know how to help ask the older vets like me that have been around the block.

Every town has ways that you could pitch in locally as well. Do a Google search for the Towns, States, or Countries that you want to become active in.

Here’s some search suggestions. Just change to your town of choice:

  • volunteer to help veterans Los Angeles
  • volunteer at the VA Boston
  • drive a veteran in Burbank
  • feed a veteran
  • help our veterans families
  • help homeless vets

This list could go on and on but with just a couple of searches you will see that there’s many ways to get involved.

Read a Book or Two!!!

Another really important area that gets completely overlooked is taking the time to understand what your family’s veteran or active Military Member is going through. You can’t understand what PTSD or TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) is without at least a basic learning curve. Your Vet really needs you to understand some basics. For instance you would be surprised at how many times people ask “What did it feel like to kill someone”? That is a Gigantic No No on so many levels.

There are some good books out there written by doctors and psychiatrists but if you really want to feel the angst and anger you need to read books by the actual vets themselves….

I have written a book that has helped a lot of vets. Even more important is the knowledge that I was able to pass on to their family members that haven’t personally spent time in a war zone.

If you are interested in mine the title is “The Warzone PTSD Survivors Guide” by Don Parent. That’s me!

Another way you can help a vet is to get them important information on their physical and mental health.

  • The bad news is that the only information available to most of them is Drug Therapy driven.
  • The good news is more and more Doctors and Naturopathic Doctors are realizing that there are actual concentrated Super Foods that are working wonders on PTSD, TBI, the diabetes caused by Agent Orange and much more. I’m talking zero drugs!!! I can give you many success stories.

My many years of research, that helped me write my books, has allowed me to become friends and stay in contact with world renowned Doctors and Health Researchers.

I’ll be happy to give you much more info on this: DonP@PTSDHotline.Com

Here is a link to my Veterans Blog that has some informative Health Articles in it:

Veterans Healing & Wellness

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