“Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living.”-Albert Einstein
Service to others includes the men and women who have served our country in war. For those lucky enough to make it home, many have difficulty adjusting back to civilian life. To help illustrate this reality, Henry Schuster, the producer behind 60 Minutes, reported in a blog post:
“The costs of war aren’t always obvious or immediate. A few months after I got back last year from a trip to Afghanistan, I got a call from one of the Marines with whom we were embedded. He couldn’t sleep; he was drinking heavily; was afraid he was going to kill his dog and couldn’t stop arguing with his girlfriend; he’d moved out on her and was living in the barracks. Already on what they call “a bag o’meds,” a pharmaceutical cocktail prescribed by a Navy doctor, he was clearly suffering from PTSD – post-traumatic stress disorder. He didn’t want to ask anyone at his base for help because he thought it would count against him. I urged him, pleaded with him, to get help.”
Read Mr. Schuster’s full story.
In response, the Campaign Consultation team was honored to design and develop a new online resource for veterans and military families. This build out to the Serve.gov site was highlighted when the President, the First Lady, the Vice President and Dr. Biden launched an initiative to engage all Americans, including veterans and military families, in an effort to positively impact the lives of the military community through volunteering and national service.
Visit the Veterans and Military Families site and find resources and volunteer opportunities to help alleviate the stress often experienced by our nation’s returning servicemen and servicewomen.