As you may know, I’m married to a millennial entrepreneur + decorated combat veteran.
Our postwar journey has been one of the toughest aspects of our lives.
All the veteran and military family stats – financial, mental, physical, professional, relational – hit us like a freakin’ freight train.
One of the hardest parts of our journey was going at it alone. I remember collapsing in the handicapped restroom stall of the VA Clinic, sobbing into my sleeve and screaming, “Why MY husband?! Why his platoon? Why? Why ? Why?”.
Sad thing was, I wasn’t the only spouse that day having a nervous breakdown amidst our significant other’s medical treatment.
I don’t want another millennial veteran or military spouse to feel as if they are alone. I don’t want them to be forced to face the things we faced – disowned by family, foreclosure, homelessness, suicide, unemployment – alone. I want them to know that many of us whose lives were derailed by Global War on Terrorism are experiencing similar circumstance, and encourage those heroes to share their story.
The experiences that we’ll discuss over the next few weeks aren’t pleasant. Most of them will make you embarrassed to be part of a society that treats those who serve in such a manner. They will open your eyes to an entire subset of millennials who answered their country’s call to service, only to be thrown out like dirty bath water.
Why shed light on such an unpleasant, taboo, topic?
So we can change it.
Chances are, all of us cross paths with a veteran or veteran’s family member. Maybe we work with them, live by them, or see them at church. Maybe we drive past them on our morning commute, ignore their disheveled state at the metro, or scoff at them standing in pick-up work lines. With over 2 million Americans having served in Operational Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, the military community touches each and every one of our communities.
I hope you join us as we share these personal and unsettling experiences about “when the war comes home”, and will share the upcoming blogs with your community. Together, we CAN honor our veterans and their family members; but it’s more than just hanging a yellow ribbon, or attending “Veteran’s Day”. It’s providing EFFECTIVE solutions for very present challenges American Heroes are currently facing within our society.
Will you join us?
Throughout the month of November, we'll be posting new blogs every other day, exploring challenges currently facing the millennial military population, such as: societal disconnect, financial struggles, homelessness, PTSD and TBI, suicide, and unemployment.
The acts of war has a cost, and our brave men and women who served continue to pay it.
Share the blogs, educate yourself on this heroic subset of our generation, and join in the conversation on Twitter, with the hashtag: #MilitaryGenY
They fought for us, now it's time for us to fight for them.
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