Serving in the military isn’t an easy job. People who have served and protected our country face a number of obstacles when they return to civilian life. They may be at a higher risk of homelessness due to everything they have to deal with. At the same time, many veterans are dealing with one or more health concerns. COGUM Global advocates for veterans by helping them find affordable housing and helping them transition to civilian life through our Hospital to Housing program. We also work to raise awareness of the many different challenges veterans face. Here are some important things you need to know about common health issues military veterans are dealing with.
- Mental health concerns: Serving in the military is stressful, even when soldiers aren’t deployed. This stress only multiplies when they have to go to war. It’s no surprise that mental illness is becoming more and more of a concern among veterans and the people who care for them. Many veterans experience differing degrees of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), anxiety, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, depression, and suicidal thoughts. Thankfully, these issues are being recognized and discussed more frequently, giving vets the chance to talk about their experiences and feelings.
- Head injuries: You’ve probably heard about the devastating damage that brain injuries can cause. When veterans suffer head injuries in battle, the long-lasting effects are tremendous. But even if a serviceperson wasn’t injured in an explosion or other incident, they can still face issues that affect quality of life. For example, repeated exposure to loud noises can cause hearing loss or ringing in the ears (tinnitus).
- Mobility issues: There are stringent physical requirements for many military jobs. Spending hours upon hours exercising, training, and performing physical labor takes a toll. Many veterans find themselves facing issues with their knees, ankles, and feet. These chronic conditions are only compounded if other serious injuries were suffered. Add to that the natural aging process and many veterans are left with mobility issues. This impacts their ability to find work, keep a job, and enjoy normal activities. For some veterans, there’s also a sadness that comes with being unable to do the things they used to do. That’s part of why caring for veterans is such a critical issue—so many of their health concerns are interconnected, with a problem in one area affecting several others.
So what can you do to help? While you can’t cure veterans of the health concerns they’re facing, you can show that you care. For instance, you can support nonprofit groups that are helping vets with one or more of the issues they’re facing in their everyday lives. Organizations like COGUM Global work to fill the gap that leaves some veterans without a place to call home. We believe that people who have safe, affordable places to live will be able to lead healthier lives. To learn more about our mission of providing affordable veterans housing, especially housing for homeless veterans, call us today. We’ll be happy to tell you all about our initiatives in the Rock Hill, SC area.