Connecting Our Vets
One of the most significant barriers to successful reintegration for veterans is the social isolation many experience upon returning home.
Only about 1% of the U.S. population has served in the military, meaning most veterans are coming home to communities that may not understand their specific needs and experiences. The Department of Veterans Affairs identifies social isolation9 as a major risk factor for suicide, which itself has become an epidemic among the veteran community. The risk may be higher among older veterans whose social resources dwindle with age.
Connecting veterans to other veterans has proven a successful strategy to reduce the effects of social isolation. Studies of veteran peer support programs have been concluded that such programs can help veteran reintegration by promoting relationship building and also creating social networks that act as links to services and resources. Enjoy these organizations that will help your social transition: