Every day, brave men and women put their lives at risk to travel to foreign lands and fight on behalf of the United States and other nations in need. Each and every individual within the United States’ military possesses an unparalleled amount of courage. Though these individuals received vast amounts of training and preparation for battle, very few are ready for civilian life when they return home.
On this edition of Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato, the host discusses what needs to be done to improve the quality of care for military heroes. Included in the discussion are Marcy Felsenfeld, Senior Program Officer at The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey; Lloyd Deans, Mental Health Supervisor at Vets 4 Warriors; Patricia Findley of Rutgers University; and Emily Feiner, Chief of Social Work Services at VA NJ Healthcare Services.
The panelists, each dedicated to helping members of the military, illustrate the varying issues that veterans face; from mental stress and physical ailments to difficulty finding jobs, many veterans face substantial adversity upon returning home. But for those willing to lend a hand, there are a variety of ways to show support.
“I think [it’s] very important, having some type of stability back home for you, so when you come home you have a ‘soft landing,’” says Deans, who is also a U.S. veteran.
Through these organizations, veterans’ re-entry into society has been made easier, although there is still some work that needs to be done.
To learn the ways in which these organizations are facilitating our veterans, and to find out what you can do to help, check out this episode of Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato.
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