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We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
Wendell Guillermo—a decorated combat veteran, 2010 NVF Veteran of the Year, and one of our most experienced LifeLine for Vets counselors—just started graduate schoolat USC. From 2007 until a few days before classes at USC began in September, Wendell helped fellow vets on our veteran crisis, information and services hotline.
Before deploying to Iraq with the 1st Infantry Division near Tikrit in 2004, Chris had thought electromechanical engineering would be his field. His goals shifted because of his experience on a recovery team in Iraq and some first aid training he received. He called his friend, NVF Counselor Eric Buss, for help on his applications to medical school.
The message came in on our website from the caretaker for a vet. Richard Miller, a Vietnam vet, wrote to us about Joe Max Orr, a Navy veteran who’ll celebrate his 100th birthday this December 7. This will be his first birthday celebration since 1941, Pearl Harbor Day. On that day, Joe did not celebrate his birthday, but instead honored the fallen at Pearl Harbor.
Veterans Day is next Tuesday. Our nation has seen twelve years of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. The war has been present, but perhaps at a safe distance for those who haven’t had someone close to them in harm’s way. One thing is clear: it’s going to take all of us to bridge the civilian/military divide and completely reintegrate our warriors back into our society.
This reintegration is not a new process. I’ve been working with veterans’ “coming home” since the Vietnam War.
As the Women Veterans Outreach Coordinator at the National Veterans Foundation, I work with many veterans who are struggling to reintegrate into civilian life, but one of the most challenging and frustrating aspects of my work is helping young vets who are homeless. There are so many, and I have cannot believe the numbers of veterans, and particularly women veterans, who are living in their cars.