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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Donate To SRQ Vets

According to the US Census Bureau data, there are approximately 17.4 million US veterans. All veterans have to deal with various issues after serving in the military. Unfortunately, they are often without the help they need to integrate into society so that they can lead happier and healthier lives after the military. 

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Vet Girls Rock Day

Women are often overlooked when we acknowledge veterans. For more than 100 years, women have filled the same roles as men in the United States military, but have not been met with the same level of recognition. In order to help female veterans receive the attention they deserve, National Vet Girls Rock Day is celebrated on February 19. Learn more about this holiday:

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