In 2020, the world was thrown upon its axis at the onset of a global pandemic. As many of us began to worry about the outcome, terms such as social distancing and quarantine became the new norm as we adjusted to a world of uncertainty. As a result, many individuals were forced to file for unemployment assistance, and many businesses were forced to close their doors due to the limited customer interactions. As the world has returned to a relative state of normalcy, many people have begun to re-enter the working world. While some have found employment with relative ease, some have encountered difficulty due to skills that are either outdated or limited. Among these are veterans. 

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For many years, there was a strong stigma attached to mental health. This was the case when it came to veterans returning from conflicts overseas. While the phenomenon was simply dismissed as “shell shock,” it was and is a very real issue that continues to afflict the veterans of today. According to a study conducted by the VA (Veteran’s Affairs) Suicide Prevention program, approximately 20 veterans take their lives each day. Civilian practitioners of health care often don’t inquire about military service, and as a result, it becomes difficult to treat and diagnose conditions such as PTSD and depression. 

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Sometimes the mental health of veterans is very fragile after facing difficult and traumatic combat situations overseas. It’s a critical focus for us because it’s a common stumbling block for many good men and women trying to lead normal lives.

Let’s examine a few ways to better understand the mental health of veterans.

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Here’s a fun topic for all you kind folks seeking to support local veterans: Flag Day! National Flag Day is coming this June 14th.

Flags have huge symbolic importance for any military veteran, as we often refer to them as those who “defend the flag.” As we finish Memorial Day reflections, let’s recall why it’s important to commemorate the American flag and honor those who make sacrifices to defend what it symbolizes.

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Where does the concept of group therapy fit into providing help and relief for veterans? While it’s certainly not the only approach to helping a lonely vet, it does play an important role. Community indeed heals, which is why SRQ Vets wants to highlight some of the reasons we like this so much.

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