Veterans Need Help From Nation

In honor of Veterans Day, soldiers across the country were thanked for their service to the nation, but a lot of veterans are in need of help themselves.

Many are having a hard time receiving benefits, finding new jobs, and some can hardly afford to pay their rent.

There are a lot of problems that veterans are facing nowadays that many people may now know about.

Soldiers that go to war are relieved when its time to return to their families, but coming home is not always an easy situation.

Senior Vice Commander C.J. Watson says, "Some are having a hard time adjusting back to civilian life. When you're used to being regionated, civilian life is not the same."

There are issues that effect veterans of all ages.

Many of them are having a hard time finding jobs and health benefits.

State Senator of District 29 Harrianne Smith said, "My office on a daily basis receives phone calls about medical attention, mainly medical attention disability, pension benefits; an array of issues.”

There are organizations designed to help out; one is the Disabled American Veterans.

They sponsor fundraisers and food drives.

In severe cases, they will help veterans with rent and utilities.

"These veterans, these men and women have served our country, fought for our freedom, and this is just a small gesture, whatever you can do to help them," said Smith.

Soldiers who volunteer to fight for our country go in not knowing what to expect when coming out.

Wendell Stepp, with Disabled American Veterans said, "I didn't join for what the country would do for me, I joined because the country was in trouble."

Recent statistics also show that one in every four homeless people has served for our country, a high percentage that can hopefully be reduced with the work of the DAV and other veteran assistance programs.

If you know a veteran who needs any kind of help or if you are interested in making a contribution to help a veteran, you can call the Dothan VFW Post at 792-9713.

There are different organizations you can donate to, and they are all nonprofit.

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