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Mental Health Resources

If you are a veteran, a family member, or a caregiver of a veteran there are a number of resources available to help with mental health issues. Veterans are tough but they don’t have to deal with mental health on their own. After active service or deployment, there is a high incidence of veterans having substance abuse issues, a high rate of suicide, and other mental health problems. It’s a very unfortunate situation but help is available.

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The U.S. National Guard’s birthday is December 13. This may not be a federal holiday, but it is celebrated every year. The National Guard was established in 1636, making it the oldest military organization in the United States. The National Guard’s duty is to serve during times of emergency and war. This year, celebrate the U.S. National Guard’s birthday by honoring those who have served.

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Who are the SRQ Vets?

A group of veterans in southwest Florida realized that there was a need to get help from veterans who were not able to find assistance on their own. So they formed the non-profit group SRQ Vets to offer a range of assistance and services to other veterans. The group is proud to have a positive effect both on the veteran population centered on Sarasota Florida but also on the community in general.

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Observe Veterans Day

Veterans Day is celebrated every November 11. On this day, we honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day. On Memorial Day, we honor those who have died while in service. Veterans Day is a day to celebrate those who are still with us.

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Pets for Veterans Day

Pets for Veterans Day began with a dog named Bear. Bear was an adorable and sociable dog who knew how to interact with different veterans based on their individual needs. Whether Bear was quietly cuddling or politely playing, veterans took to Bear and asked his owner if they could take him home with them. Bear’s owner thought, “why is therapy one hour a week inside when it could be 24/7 at home?” And then pets for veterans began. October 21 is Pets for Veterans Day!

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