I’m continuing to discover how grateful I am for our nation’s veterans. These brave men and women who have given so much of themselves.
It’s certainly difficult to know all that resides in the heart and soul of these “selfless servants” without the experience and knowledge of having walked in their shoes.
Medical professionals tell us that many veterans suffer terribly from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well as the crippling effects of Moral Injury.
Current statistics released from the Department of Veteran’s Affairs tell us that approximately twenty veterans take their own life each day. This means that in 2020–we will lose over 7,300 veterans to suicide.
The stark reality: There are over 40,000 homeless veterans in America living on the streets. The VA reports that COVID-19 has claimed the lives of over a 1,000 veterans. And when you factor in the rising number of veteran suicide deaths (over 7,000)—one readily realizes that life is tough for all of us, but especially for our veterans.
So, what can we do to help. I think one of the most important things we can do is simply “to be a good neighbor.” Reach out and offer a hand, some clothes, a job, a meal, a salute, a smile, a pat on the back, a kind word.
In fact, I’m sure the list is endless in how we might serve as “good neighbors“ to these our brothers and sisters in dire straits.
Here at Save A Veteran Today, we are endeavoring to be “good neighbors” — to do our best to serve the needs of our veterans wherever they are on life’s journey.
Please join us in this venture by helping us to provide counseling, food, shelter, clothing, and employment opportunities. Your much needed donations will help us realize our vision to help and heal these endangered citizens.
Visit our website at: https://saveaveterantoday.org and please donate to his dynamic mission.
In His Service,
Fr. Michael Tinnon
Founder, Save A Veteran Today
realize that over 7,300 veterans die each year by suicide