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Memorial Day is just around the corner, bringing us another landmark holiday for commemorating the efforts and sacrifices of our veterans. While there’s no wrong way to celebrate Memorial Day, SRQ Vets would like to explore a few ways to provide the biggest impact on the lives of veterans, including those right here in Sarasota, Florida.

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Two of the biggest tragedies that continue to occur in our time are the still-existing stigmatization of mental health and the lack of care and compassion for many returning veterans. For several years, mental health was considered as either weakness or justified inferiority to the masses. Care was limited and for some completely non-existent. Nowhere was this more apparent than in the lack of treatment for veterans returning home from a tour of duty. In the early 1900s, PTSD went largely undiagnosed and was simply referred to as “shell shock.” While times have changed, the lack of compassion is still a problem for many. 

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Get a Pet For Your Vet

Do you find yourself at a loss for ways to help a lonely veteran in need of companionship? We know many good-willed folks out there who want to help vets but have a very busy schedule. Thankfully, there are several creative and loving ways to lend your support to the wonderful veterans in Sarasota.

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Become a Volunteer

We’re always looking for a few good volunteers at SRQ Vets. Volunteering can be a great joy for both the folks you serve as well as for developing a personal sense of self-worth and agency in life. We highly recommend it for many reasons.

Here are some terrific benefits to becoming a volunteer.

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It goes without saying that the veterans who have served our country are owed an immeasurable debt of gratitude. When it comes to saying “thank you”, we sometimes find ourselves at a loss. How can we even attempt to repay such a tall order of service? How can we possibly comprehend that sacrifices and acts of complete selflessness made by so many in the name of freedom and democracy? The truth is, the entirety of the debt is so enormous that we can’t comprehend it. However, this Valentine’s Day, we can show our gratitude and extend our undying respect for those who have given so much to so many. 

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It goes without saying that veterans don’t get nearly enough respect. Often, our opinion about current theatres of operations and conflicts cloud our empathy and prevent us from extending a caring and supportive hand. Many veterans returning home are suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and head injuries. Getting the proper treatment isn’t always possible, so it’s up to us to help in any way we can.

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